A Gentleman’s Agreement took place in 1947 and portrayed the life of Phillip Green, a reporter living in New York with his son and mother. Green is a journalist in a newspaper that is considered to be liberal. He is given the assignment of writing on anti-semitism and at first he is hesitant and did not want to take the assignment, however, after his son asks him what it mean to be Jewish he decided to report on the story. I found the interaction interesting because Green did not want to explain anti semitism when his son asked him what it was and he was relieved when his grandmother told him to go to school so he did not have to explain it to him. When he finally found his angle for the story I found it slightly problematic because it made me think of the one “token friend” that some people have to justify they aren’t racist, the way he kept saying “Dave is a great friend” and “How does Dave feel?” while he is acknowledging that Dave is Jewish and is discriminated against it still made me feel uneasy about the situation.
Another thing I found interesting was the discussion between Green and his secretary over the use of derogatory language interesting because no one at that time was really having the conversation of words that were used as racial slurs. Including who could use the terms and who couldn’t because it is a discussion we still have to have today: when Ms. Wales justified herself by saying she only used it to define a type, it is a justification that people still use today when using racial slurs.