Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The "Pull Up Your D*mn Pants!" Law: Racist Or Not?!?

No need to lie, I don't like the whole "saggin'" trend favored by many young black males. I'm sure this all sounds pretty elitist, but hey, you can't get a real job (ie: something better than a MySpace cRapper) if your pants are falling off your a$$. And you know what saggin' spelled backwards is.

That said, I'm not so sure how to feel about this new law just enacted down in the Peach State.
The town of Dublin, Georgia, is putting saggy, baggy pants in the category of indecent exposure, with violators facing fines of up to $200.

Dublin Mayor Phil Best said he plans to sign this week an amendment to the municipality’s indecent exposure ordinance. The amendment, which Best plans to put into immediate effect at the City Council meeting, prohibits the wearing of pants or skirts “more than three inches below the top of the hips exposing the skin or undergarments.”

“We’ve gotten several complaints from citizens saying the folks with britches down below their buttocks was offensive, and wasn’t there something we could do about it,” Best said.

Patrolling for offenders will be left to local police in the town about 140 miles southeast of Atlanta. Violators could face fines ranging from $25 to $200, or court-mandated community service.

The mayor said after about a year of fielding complaints, he put the city attorney to work researching how other localities have dealt with the derriere dilemma. The result was that council members decided to put exposure due to baggy clothing in the same category as masturbation, fornication and urination in public places.
Whoa, come on now, isn't that taking it a bit too far? Lumping a slovenly fashion choice in with "public relations" seems a wee bit extreme. There's also the obvious "race" angle here, because most of the folks being cited for this will probably be black teens.

Then again, maybe this isn't really racist. There's nothing preventing these young Negroes from pulling up their pants. And on that same note, I seem to recall a similar ordinance a few years back giving girls (presumably) citations for wearing those low waisted jeans. I think the goal there was to prevent "Muffin Tops" in public, which I obviously agree with. And I happen to agree with this Georgia law, despite how trivial it might seem in the grand scheme.

Question: Is this new "law" racially discriminatory, or merely in the name of good taste and decorum?

Georgia Mayor To Sign Law Making Sagging Pants Illegal [NewsOne]

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