A Black Person Shows How Rampant Racism Was Back In The 1960s

By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

We all know about racism that was present in the past. A long time ago, Lincoln made some strides towards eliminating slavery but racism was something internal. It would take more than just one man or one revolution to take away racism from our lives. Most of all, it requires a look inside our minds. We need to question our beliefs, our stereotypes, and then take an active step towards changing them. And sometimes, it might even take a look back into the past when racism was very much prominent.

We don’t really have to look too far back though. People with a different skin color were slowly ‘allowed’ to “integrate” back in the 1950s-60s. They were able to enter corporate ‘white-collar’ jobs and mix with other white people as they worked. But the prejudice against them remained deep in the mind of the white population. And while they were ‘integrated’ in the form of job opportunities within the office space, black people were seen to be someone from a different world.

While it was a depressing situation, nothing can make a more scathing attack on the system than humor. Hence, Tom Floyd, a black person who wanted to integrate as a black white-collar worker, expresses his own experience in the form of illustrations. For him, the integration process turned out to be quite horrible and discriminatory making him exclaim that ‘Integration is a B*ITCH’. Let’s look at his wonderful art which raises so many important issues:

1. Being Coded By Color

 

2. Criminalized

3. Mixed Appreciation

4. No Celebrations For You

5. Law

 

6. Fear Of Taking Over

7. Someone Must Have Helped

8. Being Exhibited

9. Always A Thief

10. It’s Just A Joke

 

11. Sorry Ma’am

12. Don’t Be Loud

13. I Don’t Exist

14. Not To Be Served

15. I’m Not A Criminal

16. Used Clothes

17. I can’t be intelligent

18. No Appreciation Of Work

19. Teaching Them Something

20. Greetings Reserved

21. Words Hurt

 

22. Must Have Stolen It

23. Crime Runs In My Blood

24. I’m The Joke

25. I love to gang up

26. Shifting Places

27. Fake Image

28. I know every Black

29. Image Maker 

30. First Time

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