By Effie Rolfe, Chicago Crusader
A haircut gone bad. Remember when you were younger and came home crying because you didn’t like the way the barber or beautician cut your hair? A woman in California apparently didn’t take heed to what momma’ used to say, “It’ll grow back.” Unfortunately, as you continue it’s obvious that the following client didn’t get the memo. According to KSWB/Fox59, Adrian Blanche Swain received a haircut and a few hours later came back and complained about it. Instead of demanding her money back, she attempted to shoot the barber according to San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick. The dissatisfied customer apparently pulled out a gun and tried to pull the trigger three times, but the gun jammed. The gun was loaded. The barber tells police the woman had “messed” up his cut with straight razors, erasing his handiwork, then returned to the shop saying, “Look what you did to my hair!” The stylist and another person grabbed Swain and detained her until police arrived. More than likely had the gun not jammed, we would have been hearing about a room full of barbers and clients dead from a disgruntled customer.
Wow, I mean really! When I first heard this story, a hundred questions raced through my brain. ‘Why didn’t she just demand full payment?’ Was it worth attempting to kill someone over a haircut? Is it worth a felony and a criminal record? Chances are Adrian is looking at years in jail. The questions continue ‘How could someone be so callous hearted as to attempt murder over a haircut, unless she had a previous criminal record or perhaps was associated with a gang?’ In light of the senseless crime and violence bombarding the daily news, at some point you have to ask ‘What’s really happening?’ and ‘How did we get here?’
Since it takes a village to raise a child, we should all be concerned. These are our children. We are all family and cannot continue to lose our boys and girls to death in the streets, a life of crime and ultimately an early death? The age-old adage ‘what’s thine is mine’ are words of truth. Just as your problem is my problem so it is when you succeed, we all experience better. Perhaps we should look beyond the surface to the root of the matter. We can’t keep asking God to bless America or solve the problem while we continue to take him totally out of the equation, including the schools, homes and our life. Parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends must all work together to make this world better. Your family is my family. Let’s get back to values and the ways of the Lord. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9:17). The truth is when you live by the sword you die by the sword and the sword means death to all. As for me and my house, we choose life.
Yolanda Adams recorded a song entitled What About the Children? I believe the lyrics illustrate the message I share today. Sir, where is your son? Where lies his refuge? And if he can’t come to you, then where can he run? Such a foolish girl, yet still she’s your daughter. And if you will just reminisce your days of young. You see, it’s not where you’ve been, nor what you’ve done because I know a friend, Who specializes in great outcomes. See his love overcomes. And what about the children? To ignore is so easy. So many innocent children would choose the wrong way. Yes, what about the children? Don’t just turn and walk away, what about the children? They need our love and our help today. Remember when we were children? And if not for those who loved us, and who cared enough to show us, where would we be today?
What about the children…
© Effie Rolfe is an Author of “Supersize Your Thinking,” Media Personality and Motivational Speaker. You can contact her on twitter.com/- effiedrolfe Listen to her show daily on urbanpraiseradio.org (2015 Stellar Award Winner for Best Internet Radio Station)