'I don't do black hair,' the barber said.
Arthur Hill, 37 moved to South Carolina from New York with his family in search for greener pastures. It turned out that being black in South Carolina was seriously different from having dark skin in New York. First Larry Thomas, a 65-year old barber refused to shave him because of the color of his skin and then to highlight the depth of his racism he pointed a gun at him.
“He said, ‘I don’t do black hair,'” Arthur Hill told WCNC.
“I asked him does he shave, can he shave me, and he said, ‘I don’t do black hair.'”
“I said, ‘Are you referring to African-American hair?’ He said, ‘Yeah,’ and at the time, I noticed he already had his hand gripped on a .38 snub-nose chrome revolver,” Hill added.
He expected anything but a death threat, so feeling both shocked and frightened for his life, Hill left the barbershop as soon as he could and then called the York County Sheriff’s Office.
“I was shocked. I was shocked for my life, because I’m thinking that could’ve been me lying on the floor dead,” Hill told in his interview. “He did not point it at me, but it was clear in sight like he meant business.”
As a result of the incident Larry Thomas was taken under arrest and had to spend a night in jail. He was also charged with pointing and presenting firearms at a person, though he still sees no wrongdoing in his actions.
“I’ve had black people come in the door before, and I tell them I don’t cut black hair,” Thomas noted admitting habitual racial bias in his behavior. He also told police that he felt threatened.
As you can guess Thomas’, fears were nothing in comparison with how threatened Arthur Hill felt. The horrible experience made him not only reconsider his choice of barbershops but is making him relocate back to where he always belonged.
“I’m thinking about going back,” he said. “I’ve been on this earth for 37 years, and have never experienced something like this.”
It has been dangerous to be black in America for centuries, but now at the age of justice and tolerance, we somehow see racial segregation more often.
We don’t know the outcome of the case yet, but we are already happy to announce that Mr. Thomas is not allowed to have his gun with him while the case is pending, so one more threat be made on black lives.
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