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The guards of the Green Mile are the most interesting characters from the counter racist perspective. Tom Hanks plays the head guard "Paul". In our "Racism =Prison" analogy, Paul would be the sophisticated White Supremacist. Paul understands the importance of posture and words in regard to running a prison System. He also sees the utility of keeping the inmates as calm as possible and not annoying them with unnecessary abuse such as name calling and random violence. This is in stark contrast to Percy Whitmore, a rather unsophisticated guard who constantly antagonizes and abuses inmates for no other reason than to feel good. Percy is the governor's nephew and as such is in a very privileged position. No matter what he does, he can't be fired. To a certain extent you are led to believe that Percy's hostile nature is due to repressed homosexual tendencies. Sharing the Green Mile with John Coffey are a Cajun and a Native American.