I don't know what they were looking for, maybe it was a bad haircut. Hey, it was Cali, so they might have figured that there were still jheri curls being hooked up in these particular establishments. If that was the case I can't say that I blame them for raiding the joints. Wearing a jheri curl in this day and age ought to be a federal offense.
But seriously, why were law enforcement agencies out in Cali raiding black owned barber shops?I wonder if there weren't any person of color in these law enforcement agencies to help their colleagues understand just how important barber shops are to us black folks. On a real tip, they might as well have raided a church. That is how serious we are about our barbershops.
"Barbershops are of particular importance in the black community; they are part French salon, part Spanish cafe and part community living room for men. Targeting them without a clearly articulated cause is a surefire way to exacerbate tension in a community that already struggles with a sense of being disrespected by law enforcement."
Tell em LA Times, there are certain lines that you just don't cross. A brotha is in his barber's chair trying to get his dome right and here comes the po po. There is something fundamentally un-American about that shit. It's just not right. Is nothing sacred in the black community anymore? Oh come on field, they might have been doing drugs in there. What if they were selling drugs from the barbershop, would that have been right? Well no, but why the sweeps of numerous barber shops? Do you mean to tell me that instead of corners and abandoned houses, drug dealers are setting up their operation in barbershops all over Cali? Wow! What ever happened to just getting a shave and a nice fade?