So, this is how the story goes. “Other” comes to Black man community and sets up shop. Black man looks at “Other” with a raised eyebrow. “Other” has a plan that is long-term and secretive but to throw off Black man from his plan, because “Other” comes bearing gifts “paychecks, sponsorships, etc.” Black man then befriends “Other” and closes his eyes for the next twenty years. Before Black man has a chance to realize that he has been bamboozled, “Other” has full community control.
Like the saying goes, the Black man went to the protest with demands and left with an application.
Take a look at this picture:
One building. Beauty Supply on the right, new Hair Salon on the left, owned by the same “Other”. This is the beginning of stylists getting a dose of what the Black beauty supply store owner feels. For the beauty supply market, it started similar to this. Twenty years ago these were the same small steps taken that led to the dominance of “Other” in the beauty supply industry. Many stylists feel like they have friends in “Other’s” and a home in their stores.
Salons are the next target to be forced out of their rightful place.
Keep your eyes closed if you want to. Let’s face it, “Other” would work longer hours for less if it means taking you out of the market. You know why? They don’t work for themselves, they work for their grandchildren. Who we see in business now, grandparents are the ones who took our parents and grandparents out of business. Now we are scared to compete with the grandkids. We’ve let our legacy die.