[quote]Professor X wrote:
Have they hired any black people?
I don’t know anything about the show, I’m just picking up on the premise from what you all write.
This is HBO?[/quote]
The way the show deals with race is interesting. They haven’t hired any black people, as there is no way a company like this would have had black employees at that time. They have black people in the show that operate the elevators and work as waiters. The first episode set the tone for the race issue when Don Draper tried to talk with a black waiter and a white waiter immediately rushed over to make sure everything was “okay”…
One of the employees has a black girlfriend. The year of the show is now 1962 and you can see this character developing into a stereotype of a beatnik.
The company also doesn’t have any Jews working for them (there are Jewish ad agencies, where all the Jews work). When a new client turns out to be Jewish, the executives run around looking to see if they have a Jewish employee to make the new client feel ‘more comfortable’. They kick around the idea of trying to pass off their one Italian employee as Jewish, and then find an actual Jew working in the mailroom.