Black Man Illustrated What It Was Like Working In The Office As The Only Black Person https://ift.tt/2NNRwgw

septiembre 17, 2018

Working in a large office can be tough – where there’s a lot of people, workplace drama is unavoidable. It was especially hard for people of color back in the 60’s when many offices were predominantly white. One man named Tom Floyd experienced this first hand and showed what he had to go through with a series of thought-provoking illustrations.

Floyd was born in Gary, Indiana in 1929 and worked as a designer for the Inland Steel Company. It was there that he faced the constant prejudice of co-workers, that made him start the series. “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‘…,” said Tom.

In the time when publishers were afraid of dealing with sensitive subjects surrounding race, Floyd still managed to release his comics. His collection of illustrations called ‘Integration is a Bitch‘ was released in 1969 and many people say it’s still as relevant as ever.

Check out the illustrations in the gallery below!

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#1 Did You Know Him?

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#2 Clap Clap Clap

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#3 It’s St. Patrick’s Day….. Where Is Your Shamrock? It’s Black History Week Where Is Your Dashiki?

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#4 Oh No Fred….. He Works Here

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#5 Ya’ See… Thay’re Taking Over….

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#6 It’s A Brilliant Idea…. Who Helped You With It?

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#7 … And This Is Our Negro!

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#8 We Had A Nice Colored Man Cuttting Our Grass Yesterday… And You Know.. He Didn’t Steal A Thing….

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#9 If I Told You A Joke…. Would You Get Offended? … And Then This Colored Guy Said….. And Then This Hillbilly Said…….

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#10 Rape! File This…..

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#11 Sorry… But All Of The Men Are Out Of The Office Now.. Could You Call Back Later?

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#12 Thats Right, Ali… Hit Him… Knock His Head Off…

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#13 Here Are Some Of My Kids Old Clothes… I Thought That Your Kids Could Use Them….

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#14 Some Negroes Beat Up My Boy Last Night!

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#15 Maybe They Don’t Serve People In Sport Coats… Maybe These Waiters Don’t Like To Be Called Boys

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#16 Race Is Unimportant At Abc Engineering. We Got Three New Employees….. 2 Ones And 1 Five

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#17 We Can’t Give You A Raise Simply Because You Are Colored…

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#18 Hi Boss.. Remember That Problem That You Couldn’t Solve.. Well I Just…..

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#19 ….now You Speak In This And… And…

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#20 Hi ‘Ya Fellows! Good Morning Whitey

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#21 We Felt That You Would Like A Window With A View…..

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#22 Eh…. No Seats

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#23 What Do You Think About Negroes In The Street… I Mean.. Crime In The Streets….?

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#24 The Following Words Are Never To Be Used When Addressing A Black Person

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#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

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#26 Have You Seen My Coin Purse?

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#27 Shh…. Here He Comes!

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#28 One Of Your Soul Brothers Beat Me Up Last Nite!

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#29 For Heaven’s Sake, George…. Tell Them How Well We Treat You!

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#30 Average Looking… What Do You Mean… My Blond Wife Is Average Looking…

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#31 I Don’t Know What Happened….. When You Came They All Moved

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#32 Well-We Won’t Be Needing This Anymore…..

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#33 You Two Probably Know Each Other…..

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#34 …. Now Lets Face It… If Blacks Were On Top… They Would Treat Whites The Same Inhumane Way…..

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#35 Hire Some Negroes.. Quick! Look, Boss…. I Got Our Image Maker

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#36 Make Sure That These Pictures Are Sent To The Black Dispatch….. Afro American News, Etc.

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#37 Discrimination Complaint…..? See Mr. George Brown

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#38 ‘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!

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#39 May I Sit Here Or Are You One Of Those Black Militants

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#40 …you’re The First Colored Fellow That He Has Ever Seen….

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#41 George… A Cup Of Coffee, Light On Cream

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#42 Illustration By Tom Floyd

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#43 What… You Don’t Like Watermelon, George? George…. We Have A Treat For You…

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#44 I Got This Job Because I’m Colored. Why?

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#45 Does He Get A Report Too?

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#46 Boy… Do You Need A Haircut!

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#47 Ya’ Know,… I Wouldn’t Mind If A Nice Colored Fellow Like You Would Live Next Door To Me

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#48 But, We Thought He’d Make You Feel At Home!

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#49 Ya See….. They All Can Dance

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#50 7 More Minutes Of Integration!

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#51 Hey, Doc… Here Is A Good Heart Donor Prospect….

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#52 Your Report Was Good…. But…..

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#53 Let Me Show You How To Do That!

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#54 Let’s Get One Thing Straight… You Weren’t Hired To Solve Engineering Problems….

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#55 There Were Some Cute Colored Kids On Tv Last Night

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#56 We’ve Always Had An Outstanding Integration Record

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#57 See…. Here Is Proof That You Deprived Guys Can Make It

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#58 I Think George Is Trying To Tell Us Something

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#59 Boo!

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#60 There Is No Need To Write In Your Race On This Application… Just Put… Where You Live…

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#61 He’s Got A Knife! No…. For The Third Time I Don’t Carry A Knife!

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#62 Illustration By Tom Floyd

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#63 Soul Brother….. I’m So Glad You’re Here….

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#64 I Made Them With Peanut Brittle And Nigger Toes

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#65 I Belong To The Naacp… I Send My Daughter To An Integrated School.. But… I Still Can’t See Open Housing

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#66 Now See Here, George, Somebody Has To Be Low Man On The Totem Pole

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#67 Only At Abc Engineering Could You Find Fringe Benefits Like This… Ah… Miss Jones… I Simply Detest Exhibitionism…

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#68 This Is B. T. Jones…. He Is Well Liked Here…

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#69 Still Want To Buy My House? It Will Be A While Before The Neighbors Get Use To You!

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#70 Don’t Call Him Boy!

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#71 And Here Are Some Slides Of My Wonderful Vacation In Alabama….

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#72 Now In Preparing Good Bar-B-Cue….

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#73 …for My Reward In Heaven……. Why?

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#74 You’re Late, Mr. Brown!

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#75 How About A Little Luck… George?

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#76 Bigots… Extremists… And White Racists…..

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#77 Why Aren’t All Negroes Like Ralph Bunch?

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#78 It’s Brotherhood Week

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#79 Hooray…. Alabama Won!

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#80 You Will Be Our Second Attempt At Integration

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#81 Now He Has The Wrong Attitude…

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#82 This Image Report Reads As Follows…

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