A commenter on yesterday's post about Matt Weiner and "Mad Men" dropped a link to this Latoya Peterson piece about how the show handles race. And that piece is actually further exploration of
Some viewers believe that Mad Men adequately deals with race. But this is a lie. Inadvertently, Mad Men features a stunningly clear view of how we deal with race in 2009. While there is the acknowledgment that bad things happen – the race riots are clucked over at the office, with some sharing concern for Kinsey – ultimately, the black characters have no voice of their own. And the loss of this voice continues to dehumanize them.