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More About Race in 'Mad Men'

Show Gives Few Black Characters No Voice

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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 a piece Peterson wrote for Slate.

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.

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