It’s great to see a young entrepreneur create a business to support himself, his family and contribute to his community. The photo of Omar and supporters proudly wearing t-shirts promoting the new business, which you can see in this article in the Illawarra Mercury shows great community spirit.
Unfortunately graffiti is used for evil and can have a major impact on community perceptions and attitudes. It can offend and directly affect people in a negative way. That is precisely why it is so important to remove graffiti quickly before it gains any traction and does any damage.
I’m delighted by the community response to racially fuelled graffiti which Omar found plastered across his business during his first weekend of trading in his new barber shop. The communities’ response to the graffiti was excellent: get on with the job and rally support to make a statement about what we will and won’t tolerate.
Neither Bilal nor the media reporting the story, gave any airplay or added any fuel to the statement made by the graffiti vandal. Instead, they focused on the positive aspects of the story – the rallying of the community, and the character of the entrepreneur.
Next time I’m in the area I’ll pop in to the Cutting Edge for my haircut!