Black Barbershop Patrons Stand Up For White Woman
This episode of John Quiñones’ ‘What Would You Do” is telling. It shows the basic goodness of people. It shows that real prejudice is abating. It shows that more and more folks are willing to stand up for fairness.
There was one disconcerting point made evident in the exercise. It really demonstrates a flaw in a large party of humanity. It is the fear of standing up and bucking what one believes is the prevailing thought.
As soon as the barber was rude to the white woman in the first skit, a patron reacted. She displayed courage and poise and came to the white woman’s defense. She was fearless as she showed leadership against prejudice. One could see her receiving tacit approval from the other patrons. It was as if they were relieved that someone stood up. Their discomfort immediately switched to visual and body language support.
Sadly in another skit inasmuch as most disapproved of what the black barber was saying, they remained quiet. Even after the white woman left they said nothing. It was as if no one wanted to be the one to jump out of an implied fold that was non-existent.
This is a general problem with all people of different races, gender biases, ethnicities, and cultures. Most people are tolerant. They just fear stepping out on a limb to defend against the racist, sexist, homophobic, or other intolerant person. People gravitate away from conflict which usually leaves the platform for the minority of bigots to dominate. We see that in our politics. We see that at our churches We see that in our corporations.
If more people got the courage to step up to the plate, not only on racial issues but socio economic issues, society would be much more tolerant, inclusive, and fair. Everyone must go out on a limb and step up to the plate.