mightygodking: Pete's no liberal. Pete just wants to make money, and he thinks black money is as good as white money, and he doesn't get why his clients think one kind of money is better than the other kind of money. But money isn't people.
Out of over 20,000 employees, the report identified only 25 blacks working in any kind of professional or creative capacity, i.e., nonclerical or custodial.
Pete doesn't really care much about other people at all - he's a sociopath, always has been
He's liberal by comparison. Re-watch any scene with him while others are being overtly racist (for example, the last scene with the statue delivery). He is clearly uncomfortable albeit not to the point of actually saying something.
Oh, one question about Don: I was reading on TWoP that it's in canon that he's 8 years younger than "Don Draper", yet this episode seemed to imply his (40th) birthday was 6 months earlier. Continuity error, or is the 8 year difference still there- that he celebrated his 32nd/33rd birthday 6 months ago, and is now fake-celebrating his 40th to keep up appearances? Which... if he's only 32, he sure plays older as Don Draper. He would not be biologically much older than most of the staff there, and possibly younger than people like Harry.
Was Pete Campbell going to go home and aggressively schtup Trudy after? Peggy and her boyfriend? It's just weird. It shows a lack of understanding about the people around her, and a lack of boundaries, too.
Peggy is thinking that, goes to get it, then drunkenly also thinks, 'oh no, if i take my purse it's going to look like I don't trust her because she's black, etc.' and she's frozen.
In fact, it's an interesting counterpoint to Lane's vignette in the cab.
Thanks for the explanation of Harlem and Bed-Stuy, but -- wait, Bed-Stuy is pronounced 'Bed-Sty'? HOW HAVE I NEVER KNOWN THIS? I thought it was 'Bed-Stew.' I guess I've never heard it said aloud, only read it in books.
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