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Re: Barbershop Clientele Discussion

In my days as a public school teacher, I remember marveling the first time I entered a cafeteria and saw all the segregation. But I quickly realized that it was the natural order of things. I recall when I was in high school, an integrated one, the lunch tables where African Americans sat were pretty much all black. We came from a predominately black Jr High and those folks were the ones that comprised our primary circle of friends; it was our natural comfort zone. I was on the high school basketball team, which again was mixed, but we did not tend to hang out together as a team in the lunch room.

My take on this is that ethnic groups tend to gravitate toward their own; what is familiar and comfortable. In days past, it was the same. What is unacceptable is not being allowed to sit at the table of your chosing in a school lunchroom or restaurant, sleep in the bed (of a hotel) of your choice, live in a house in any neighborhood you desire as long you can afford it.

Back to my HS days: On days when I felt like sitting with my white friends, and I had a number of them, I was allowed to and that is the key. But if there were white girls in the mix, the sisters took note, and that is another story!!! LOL :D

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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