Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Jim Crow south still lives on,2933,295715,00.html

Saggin has been around since the early 90's and up until just recently, different cities across the south have banned this type of swag all together. They are now starting to actually write citations and take people to jail over their attire. Why? Many people see saggin as offensive and inappropriate. Honestly, I'm no fan of men who sag but I nor anyone else has the right to censor or tell anyone how to dress. I feel as long as you can't see any visible genitalia then you shouldn't be concerned about how others display themselves in public! It's evident that these new ordinances tend to primarily target the African American community, although many other ethnicities do emulate this type of urban style. If you are gonna put a ban on saggy pants then whose next? The Goths? The Punks? The Muslims?

If these types of ordinances aren't overturned sooner than later then we as a nation can kiss those civil liberties that were afforded to us in the Bill of Rights goodbye. The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of EXPRESSION from government interference. Freedom of expression also consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief. The Supreme Court interprets the extent of the protection afforded to these rights, therefore these new bans on saggy jeans in Georgia, Texas, and Louisiana should be ruled unconstitutional! People of color, are you going to challenge this or are you just gonna "turn the other cheek???"

1 comment:

  1. I hear what you saying Poca but you have to remember that this new generation of kids don't understand that saggy pants is a way to communicate with inmates to let them know they can tap that ass lol...Since I moved out here to Cali all you see is dudes wearing skinny jeans saggin and the older folks out here tell them to pull they pants up because it's not a good look...I think it should be challenged but it wouldn't be that much of an issue if parents disciplined their kids and not let them go out the house looking foolish...I was born in the 70's and my parents would have never let me come out the house with my pants hanging off my ass like that smh!