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May 13, 2013

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Roger

Tom's racism was already a sign he was a bad guy in the novel. He praises a {imaginary?} book, The Rise of the Colored Empires, and is identified as a white- Anglo-Saxon, to be precise- supremacist. Such ideas were common and commonplace at the time. They inspired and were inspired by eugenic theories and the immigration debate of the 1920s and the restrictions imposed by National Origins Act of 1924.

Miriam

Definitely (although then there's Meyer Wolfsheim...), but the film doesn't really think through the consequences of how it's appropriating Tom's racism as a twenty-first century signifier for "bad dude."

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