Time, The Weekly News Magazine
Unsigned Article
Cleveland, 31 August 1925

"Too Many Toms"

  "There are too many Uncle Toms."

  So mourned Philip Randolph, Editor of The Messenger, Negro publication. He was writing of the lamentable plight of the Negro Pullman Porter—poor black-amorons who, galvanized by slave psychology, kneel to scrub the boots, rub off the trouser-cuffs of patrons and company officials,


too timorous, too servile to better their plight.

  "Their hours of work are long. Their wages are low [Sixty dollars monthly]. They have no effective voice in the regulation of the conditions of their jobs."

  Editor Randolph is conducting a campaign to teach Uncle Tom porters, slavish porters called George, to unionize.