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 racial 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 BITCH‘…,” 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 racial understanding and cooperation. His comic series ‘Integration is a Bitch‘ 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 It’s St. Patrick’s Day….. Where Is Your Shamrock? It’s Black History Week Where Is Your Dashiki?
#4 Oh No Fred….. He Works Here
#5 Ya’ See… Thay’re Taking Over….
#6 It’s A Brilliant Idea…. Who Helped You With It?
#7 … And This Is Our Negro!
#8 We Had A Nice Colored Man Cuttting Our Grass Yesterday… And You Know.. He Didn’t Steal A Thing….
#9 If I Told You A Joke…. Would You Get Offended? … And Then This Colored Guy Said….. And Then This Hillbilly Said…….
#10 Rape! File This…..
#12 Thats Right, Ali… Hit Him… Knock His Head Off…
#13 Here Are Some Of My Kids Old Clothes… I Thought That Your Kids Could Use Them….
#14 Some Negroes Beat Up My Boy Last Night!
#15 Maybe They Don’t Serve People In Sport Coats… Maybe These Waiters Don’t Like To Be Called Boys
#16 Race Is Unimportant At Abc Engineering. We Got Three New Employees….. 2 Ones And 1 Five
#17 Hi Boss.. Remember That Problem That You Couldn’t Solve.. Well I Just…..
#18 We Can’t Give You A Raise Simply Because You Are Colored…
#19 ….now You Speak In This And… And…
#20 Hi ‘Ya Fellows! Good Morning Whitey
#22 Eh…. No Seats
#23 The Following Words Are Never To Be Used When Addressing A Black Person
#24 What Do You Think About Negroes In The Street… I Mean.. Crime In The Streets….?
#25 When I Was Young I Belonged To A Gang,… But, That Was Different… I Have Nothing Against Negroes… Some Of My Best Friends Are Culturally Deprived. If You Think We Mistreated You Blacks… Look How We Did The Indians
#26 Have You Seen My Coin Purse?
#27 One Of Your Soul Brothers Beat Me Up Last Nite!
#28 Average Looking… What Do You Mean… My Blond Wife Is Average Looking…
#29 Shh…. Here He Comes!
#30 For Heaven’s Sake, George…. Tell Them How Well We Treat You!
#32 You Two Probably Know Each Other…..
#33 Well-We Won’t Be Needing This Anymore…..
#34 …. Now Lets Face It… If Blacks Were On Top… They Would Treat Whites The Same Inhumane Way…..
#35 Hire Some Negroes.. Quick! Look, Boss…. I Got Our Image Maker
#36 Make Sure That These Pictures Are Sent To The Black Dispatch….. Afro American News, Etc.
#37 Discrimination Complaint…..? See Mr. George Brown
#38 May I Sit Here Or Are You One Of Those Black Militants
#39 ‘we Are Pledged To Do All In Our Power To Assure Genuine Equality Of Opportunity In Employment…’. In Comparison With Other Bigoted Companies, Abc Engineering Is Very Outstanding. We Do Everything To Make Our Employees Happy Here!
#40 …you’re The First Colored Fellow That He Has Ever Seen….
#42 George… A Cup Of Coffee, Light On Cream
#43 Illustration By Tom Floyd
#44 What… You Don’t Like Watermelon, George? George…. We Have A Treat For You…
#45 Ya See….. They All Can Dance
#46 I Got This Job Because I’m Colored. Why?
#47 But, We Thought He’d Make You Feel At Home!
#48 7 More Minutes Of Integration!
#49 Ya’ Know,… I Wouldn’t Mind If A Nice Colored Fellow Like You Would Live Next Door To Me
#50 Boy… Do You Need A Haircut!
#52 Let’s Get One Thing Straight… You Weren’t Hired To Solve Engineering Problems….
#53 I Think George Is Trying To Tell Us Something
#55 There Is No Need To Write In Your Race On This Application… Just Put… Where You Live…
#56 Hey, Doc… Here Is A Good Heart Donor Prospect….
#57 We’ve Always Had An Outstanding Integration Record
#58 Let Me Show You How To Do That!
#59 There Were Some Cute Colored Kids On Tv Last Night
#60 He’s Got A Knife! No…. For The Third Time I Don’t Carry A Knife!