There’s a lot of drama in the workplace, but probably only a handful of people have experienced it as much as the people of color who started entering predominantly white offices a few decades ago. Tom Floyd was born in Gary, Indiana in 1929 and operated his own advertising firm before working as a designer for the Inland Steel Company. There, his insights on ra-cial dynamics were formed. “As a ‘BLACK’ white collar worker having willingly and conscientiously taken an active part in America’s leading social pre-occupation… An experiment called ‘Integration’ … I feel compelled to assess my total experience and perhaps the experiences of other Blacks by saying….
‘INTEGRATION IS A BI*CH’…,” Tom Floyd commented.
Floyd used his personal experience as the only black man working in a white environment in the 60s, showcasing the absurd reality he was forced to be a part of. The cartoonist was a proponent of meaningful ra-cial understanding and cooperation. His comic series ‘Integration is a Bi-tch’ was released in 1969, a time where the vast majority of works like it were rejected by publishers, too scared to deal with such a sensitive subject. Luckily, Floyd’s work managed to squeeze its way into the pressing machine, and people say it’s relevant even today.
1 Did You Know Him?
2 Clap Clap Clap
3 Ya’ See… Thay’re Taking Over….
4 Oh No Fred….. He Works Here
5 It’s A Brilliant Idea…. Who Helped You With It?
6 … And This Is Our Negro!
7 We Had A Nice Colored Man Cuttting Our Grass Yesterday… And You Know.. He Didn’t St-eal A Thing….
8 Some Negroes Beat Up My Boy Last Night!
9 We Can’t Give You A Raise Simply Because You Are Colored…
10 Sorry… But All Of The Men Are Out Of The Office Now.. Could You Call Back Later?
11 Hi Boss.. Remember That Problem That You Couldn’t Solve.. Well I Just…..
12 Shh…. Here He Comes!
13 Eh…. No Seats
14 What Do You Think About Negroes In The Street… I Mean.. Cr-ime In The Streets….?
15 Hi ‘Ya Fellows! Good Morning Whitey
16 One Of Your Soul Brothers Beat Me Up Last Nite!
17 The Following Words Are Never To Be Used When Addressing A Black Person
18 For Heaven’s Sake, George…. Tell Them How Well We Treat You!
19 Discrimination Complaint…..? See Mr. George Brown
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