Brutally Honest Comics Drawn By Black Guy Depict What It Was Like Being The One Black Man In A White Work Environment In The 1960s
There is a lot of drama in the workplace, but possibly only few have experienced that as much as the people of color that began entering predominantly white offices some decades ago. Tom Floyd, born in Gary, Indiana in 1929, operated his advertising firm before he worked as a designer for the Inland Steel Company. It was there where his insights on racial dynamics were formed.
Floyd used his experience as the only black man working in a white office in the 1960s, showcasing the absurd reality he was made to be a part of. The cartoonist was a proponent of powerful racial understanding and cooperation. His series ‘Integration is a Bitch’ was released in ’69, a time where the majority of works like that were rejected by publishers, as they were too scared to deal with such a sensitive subject. Fortunately, Floyd’s work squeezed its way into the pressing machine, and many say that it’s relevant even today.
“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’…,” he commented.