Is AMC Series “Mad Men” Afraid of Race?

I disagree with this “Slate” columnist, and believe the show’s writers purposely place Negro characters on the edges and blurry angles of 1960-’63 U.S. society so viewers may appreciate that is where they existed for much of white professional America, for Madison Avenue types, and and a result, were invisible in mainstream advertising of the era. In my opinion, this is why the series inserts the occasional Black elevator operator, messenger, or office custodian, complete w/ deferential body language and stage direction to act as if “’re not listening to or watching what the suits and skirts are doing:

Out of sight, out of mind (seen and not heard was the prevaling attitude of the era, which was part of why Civil Rights Movement protestors rallied against their “Invisible Man” and woman status).



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