LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trying to create progress from unrest is a big topic this week. Spectrum News 1 went to the New T&B Classic Cuts barbershop for some generational advice. The shop has been a fixture in Louisville's West End for 56 years. We found that, after all that's happened since the protests started, the men inside had a lot more than getting a cut on their minds.
Barber Eric Hansberry agrees with the message but doesn't agree when the protests turn violent and destructive.
"What they're doing is tearing up the city, not having concern for their aunts and grandparents who may not be able to go shopping 'cause they tore up the Kroger's that's near their homes," Hansberry said.
Darryl Powell, a customer in the shop Saturday, said he hopes all of the people taking to the streets do something even more meaningful in November.
"Thing is, we got to get these young people to vote. If they don't vote they can't say nothing. So black lives don't matter if you don't vote," Powell said.
From the store front window, they see a community of young activists, full of potential and hope, but also full of frustration. They're fighting a cause that's been fought by generations. If there's one thing native son Muhammad Ali taught this city, it's how to fight for what it believes in.
Barber Thomas Taylor has lived here all his life. He's seen the city at its best and its worst.
"That's the thing, we're not going towards the right direction. We're trying to get towards the right direction, we're trying to get a kid straight to get them to respect life. So I can imagine what a lot of these kids are going through out here with what they in the street. And they adapt to their surroundings. So, we have to change the surroundings for them to be OK," he said
When asked about whether he thought Louisville would make it out of this, Taylor said, "Of course. We'll rebuild. We'll be back. We'll definitely rebuild. We'll come out of this just like we come out of everything else. We'll be strong like Ali."