Given past critiques of black roles on-screen, is there anything the writers can do to make us happy?

Since Mad Men is back with us and the year is 1966, it looks as if the handling of race on the show will finally be more up front than it has been before.

However, are we in for three months of indignant editorials about how the Mad Men writers just “don’t get” the black thing? We’ve been primed for it by common complaints that there haven’t been enough black people on the show, period. However, if the complaining continues, one will have to ask: Is there anything the Mad Men people will be able to do right?

I wonder. For example, many would have preferred that Mad Men follow the Drapers’ maid, Carla, home

Carla, the Drapers' maid, on Mad Men

Carla, the Drapers' maid, on Mad Men

and explore her life as a black person during the turbulent 1960s. But we have just seen what happens when white Hollywood makes a film about black maids in the ’60s: The Help. And it would seem that the proper way to feel about The Help is that it was a botched job.