Orlando — A while back, some black barbers in central Florida must have felt like they fell asleep – and woke up in 1833.
That was the year when that Confederate state – as well as a number of others – passed codes that forbade five or more black male slaves from assembling. Such laws were aimed at discouraging slaves from plotting revolts, or sharing wisdom, or bonding too much for their masters’ comfort.
More than a century has passed since then, and black men have been gathering all over the place; at lodges, at the post and especially at the barber shop.
That’s where they get a haircut, where they take sons and grandsons to get their first haircuts, where they talk about the news of the day, and where they dispense wisdom and talk trash.