THE NEWS: Teens (and in some cases adult men) are the target of a new crack down!! The “Pull your pants up law O.K. It’s not really CALLED that read on and you’ll get my drift. There is even a cartoon I’m assuming for those offenders who are too young to read (or just can’t) to prevent the CRIMINAL OFFENSE!!!
THE ISSUE: Sagging pants are a fashion trend in the hip-hop world and have been around for quite some time.
THE PROBLEM: Some powers that be see this trend as indecency and a threat to the world as they know it.
THE HISTORY: Historically, it is thought that sagging pants began as a reflection of prison culture. Belts were confiscated upon entry into the home-away-from-home and men were left with sagging dungarees. Gang members began to emulate this style in protest or possibly in homage to their incarcerated brothers (who knows) or maybe they were just too lazy to pull them up. Whatever the case may be, this fashion statement caught on and has been around since the early 90’s according to Wikipedia.
THE CONTROVERSY: The trend, started by African-Americans, is said to be yet another case of “racial profiling.” The American Civil Liberties Union has spoken out against the practice of targeting these individuals b/c it will most likely target young Black males.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
Absolutely nothing if you don’t care, don’t have children interested in music. Young people of all races, especially those that embrace the hip-hop culture OR rap, also seem to embrace this hip-hop fashion statement. In fact, the fashion trend is as rampant and growing as the hip-hop community. Yes, the trend may have started out as a “Black Thing” but let’s just say it’s no longer isolated to one group or another. This means that your children may be committing a criminal act before they leave the house!
THE IRONY: Law makers may have to arrest their own teens or young adults.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE MATTER: My first thought when I read the article in Newsweek Magazine was that this was a joke. Then I read further… It’s not that I AGREE with this fashion faux pas, but I don’t disagree either. Not only is this a slippery slope but, who cares? Aren’t there bigger fish to fry? If you don’t like it don’t look!! If it offends you as a storeowner post a sign similar to the “NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO SERVICE” and call it a day. Making this a CRIMINAL offense is not only targeting a group of children it is also teaches them that we are hypocritical. Have you seen the red carpet lately? The front of a multitude of magazines? SKIN is in!!! Why are these more acceptable images:
If kids see this as a threat to their sense of “personal style” be careful and beware!! Our kids are much smarter and more resourceful than ever. This is a technology age and they might just get the idea to ban together! What will you do if they all decide to wear their clothes that way? Will you arrest them all? Close down schools?
Don’t get mad at me I’m just tellin’ it like it T-I-Tiz!!!