First heard about this on Sun News today…
Via the Denver Post:
“The actual pole in this feast-or-famine business is a small thing, but it gets traditional customers through the door,” said Thornton, who also owns Thornton Family Barbershop. “When you see that pole, you get the message out there that you can get a great haircut here.”
Thornton’s sign code bans new signs that move mechanically, which would include revolving barber poles.
“It is related to public safety,” said Robin Brown, a senior analyst with the City Development Department. “We don’t want signs to be distracting, especially to motorists.”
One of the reasons I’ve been called a “racist” by Canadian progressives is that, a few years back, apropos of something I forget, I mentioned African-American barbershop culture.
Traditionally, the barbershop is the neighbourhood male bonding hangout in black areas, like the pub in Irish ‘hoods, or those intimidating, low rent men’s clubs that dot Italian ones.
Asked for “proof” of such an “offensive” (me neither…) “stereotype”, I pointed to a number of African-American-penned studies and books about barbershop culture, and, er, the movie Barbershop, that was a colossal hit with black audiences.
I was still a “racist,” though, for reasons that still aren’t clear to me.
As Dennis Prager has noted, these days, just talking about race counts as “racism.”
Anyhow, all that to say, I’m challenging “Reverend” Al Sharpton and “Reverend” Jesse Jackson to take on the obviously racist ban on barbershop poles, by the lily white plantation owners of Denver, Colorado.
It would be even funnier if Poles objected because Denver’s banning “poles.”
BONUS: Hair is to black women what bodies are to white women. They have hair-exia — but you’ll notice they don’t open cozy rehabs to “treat” the afflicted, or try to ban websites that offer tips on relaxing and “perms” (note: when black people say “perm,” they mean straightening their hair, not curling it.):