Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Kansas City Diamond Cuts Barbershop Conversation On Culture And Race
There are a great many people who offer insights regarding African-American culture based on a few encounters or because the Black people they work with are too polite to avoid them. However, this clip put together by the mostly white people @ KCPT offers some 1st person reporting on the topic of race and culture from within Kansas City's Black community . . . At a barbershop that was accessible to a camera crew.
Take a look:
Playlist statement . . .
"A Your Fellow Americans producer dropped by unannounced at Diamond Cuts, a barber shop on Troost Avenue in Kansas City, MO. We were looking to just capture a few sound-bytes for a promo video. Instead, we ended up recording a 45-minute conversation about issues of race and prejudice in America, which we've cut down to 9 short segments.
The conversation ranged from prejudice and self-limitations to community building and Trayvon Martin.
These are the off-the-cuff opinions of a small group of individuals who were willing to take time to have an unexpected conversation on tough issues. These are their opinions, not the opinions of everyone along Troost Avenue."
And while we admire this bit of ethnography it's important to realize that barber shop talk doesn't really vary that much across cultures and is mostly blather to make waiting in line a little bit more entertaining for people who didn't bring something to read.
More in a bit . . .