Barber shop protest

There are 12 comments on the Nov 8, 2010, Brattleboro Reformer story titled Barber shop protest. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

Local protesters organized in front of Mike's Barber Shop, Saturday morning, to express their anger and disappointment after reading a letter in the Reformer Nov.

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joe

San Antonio, TX

#207 Dec 6, 2010
I have been a barber for 34 yrs. When I went to barber college the instructor skipped over the chapter in the book on afro hair. She said that black people mostly go to their own shops.
I have found this to be true for the most part in all my years of cutting hair. I find it hard to believe this Dr. in this article didn't know that. It sounds like maybe he's looking for a racial issue.
In the few times I have attempted to cut afro type hair (2-3 times) It did not come out good because I am not trained in the particulars of this hair type. Sounds to me like this barber was only trying to avoid a bad situation of messing up this mans hair.
I would have the same problem if some white guy permed their hair so tight that it became an afro. Its probably not that the barber doesn't like blacks, its because he's not comfortable doing what he's not trained to dol
This Dr. needs to stop playing the race card!
perry mason

Bellows Falls, VT

#208 Dec 7, 2010
pretty sad in this day and age that locals turned on there own, and took the word of an outsider before even getting the other sides story,
what it comes down to is the protesters i bet were only looking to be in the spotlight and it wasnt even really about the barber, is what kind of sick world we live in
Merry Crispness

Brattleboro, VT

#209 Dec 7, 2010
This thread has become a bigot festival for closet klansmen.
Spuds

Chester, VT

#210 Dec 7, 2010
Merry Crispness wrote:
This thread has become a bigot festival for closet klansmen.
Put the bong down and read it again later.
thatwas

Bellows Falls, VT

#211 Dec 7, 2010
joe wrote:
I have been a barber for 34 yrs. When I went to barber college the instructor skipped over the chapter in the book on afro hair. She said that black people mostly go to their own shops.
I have found this to be true for the most part in all my years of cutting hair. I find it hard to believe this Dr. in this article didn't know that. It sounds like maybe he's looking for a racial issue.
In the few times I have attempted to cut afro type hair (2-3 times) It did not come out good because I am not trained in the particulars of this hair type. Sounds to me like this barber was only trying to avoid a bad situation of messing up this mans hair.
I would have the same problem if some white guy permed their hair so tight that it became an afro. Its probably not that the barber doesn't like blacks, its because he's not comfortable doing what he's not trained to dol
This Dr. needs to stop playing the race card!
So you are assuming that this doctor walked in with a huge afro. That is totally not racist.
jway

Florence, AL

#212 Dec 7, 2010
Big news, Jessey Jackass is coming to BF. to get a hair do.
from around town

Bellows Falls, VT

#213 Dec 7, 2010
We do not need to be colling names here. the whole thing was blown way bigger then it really ever had to be.Not that many people now days have racial issues. This baber as he has stated, should have just stated the trueth,now he has learned how to handle it better next time.He will say sorry can cut it but you wont like it or me when i'm done.
As a black person

Peabody, MA

#214 Dec 12, 2010
As a black woman living in Vermont or about a year now I would just like to say MY GOD MOVE ON! Some of you need to get out of the little state and see what REAL racist look like and STOP making every little thing into a PC protest convention. First whatever the barber did was rude period. If you don't like it don't go to the business. Second, in general NO average black person, male or female, lets white people in a strange town do their hair bc no matter how much "experience" you have we don't trust you bc your hair is a completely different texture. I drive to Dorchester (2 hours away) outside of Boston to get my hair done. So I am surprised he would go there anyway. In the end it isn't that serious. And those of you protesting everything, get over it! There are real problems that minorities have to deal with everyday and it is irritating watching you all complain about something you could will probably never experience especially living in the, what, the 2nd whitest state in the union? Right.
from around town

Bellows Falls, VT

#215 Dec 12, 2010
just because we are the 2nd whitest state in the union, does not mean we have racial issues.
Darryl Jr

United States

#216 Dec 22, 2010
My father only went in the barber shop to get a line up. Its very easy, and black males get them very often. Even I live in a place that is mostly white and the barber did it great my first time. From what the barber said in his statement he sounds old school, maybe a closet racist. Its was the towns people that took everything to far. All I have to say is WESTSIDE.
Joe Shlabotnik

Grantham, NH

#217 Dec 22, 2010
Darryl Jr wrote:
My father only went in the barber shop to get a line up. Its very easy, and black males get them very often. Even I live in a place that is mostly white and the barber did it great my first time. From what the barber said in his statement he sounds old school, maybe a closet racist. Its was the towns people that took everything to far. All I have to say is WESTSIDE.
Whats a line up???
Darryl Jr

United States

#218 Dec 22, 2010
A line up is when the barber cuts around the edges of your head and makes it look really straight and clean. It's not just the sideburns, it's around your whole head

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