MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Today the back and forth in one Myrtle Beach barber shop struck a more serious tone than usual.
"It's a problem on both sides, there's hatred on both sides,” said George Tyndall, a local getting his hair cut.
In between each comb stroke and pass of the clippers, came another thought or observation of one touchy subject in the Palmetto State.
The topic was racism, and where we stand here locally.
"I think most people are willing to take people for who they are,” Tyndall said. “If you're a good person they take you as a good person, if they take you as a bad person, you're a bad person.”
These discussions are popping up just two days after nine people were shot and killed inside a historically black church in Charleston.
The suspect admits it was racially motivated, and folks locally say it means we still have a long way to go.
"We know it's there, it may take something like this bad tragedy to bring it out, but so be it,” said Dennis Williams, a Myrtle Beach native grabbing a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant.
He sees this tragedy as an important opportunity to move on from the past.
"The history that we have, yes it raises its ugly head here and there, but in the south, we can come together."
Williams says he sees the powerful images following Wednesday's shooting and is inspired by how the Holy City is rallying.
He thinks this heartbreaking event will bring out the best in people, so things can keep moving forward.
"You hope it can be a wake up call to them. That you don't have time in this life to hold on to the past."