Saggy pants Ban! What do you think?
Democratic State Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando pushed for a so-called Pull Your Pants Up law for six years, before finally getting it passed last Spring. Florida lawmaker made headlines across the country Monday when he handed out 200 belts to students to help them abide by a new law by pulling their pants up.
Siplin, who is black, met with strong resistance from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), who argued that the new law unfairly targeted blacks.
Unlike other states which have outright banned wearing saggy pants in the populace, Siplin’s law only affects students and it carries no jail time or harsh fees for repeat offenders. The law instead subjects repeat violators to suspensions from school and extracurricular activities.
“We want our kids to believe they’re going to college, and part of that is an attitude, and part of that is being dressed professionally,” said Siplin, who spent a Monday morning handing out over 200 belts to students at three largely minority high schools in the Orlando area. “I’m not going to hire anyone, white or black, with saggy pants,” he said. “I want to make sure our kids qualify.”
Okay… I have to admit, this has never been my favorite fashion trend in the first place. No, I do not enjoy looking at your drawers at any level. I say level because there are different ways to wear this style. Yes, there is “young man fix your pants”, then there’s, “ wow, you need a belt” and then there’s, “ Really?! Whats the point?!”
People… I believe this trend have gone over board. The time has come, like with any other fashion trend, it is time to end! I believe in life, that you have to “dress for success” at some point in time, and school is a great place to start.
And to set the record straight, some people seem to think that our “black boys” are the only ones with their “butts out”, you are so wrong. It is “Our Boys” or “Our Men” that are wearing these fashions, not just one race.
The state legislature voted overwhelmingly to enact the ban at the start of the 2011-12 school year, making Florida and Arkansas the only two states with such a widespread prohibition against saggy pants for students. It also targets low-cut and midriff-exposing shirts on girls.
“We want our kids to believe they’re going to college, and part of that is an attitude, and part of that is being dressed professionally,” Siplin told Reuters.
The statewide school dress code bucks a fashion trend with roots in prison attire and the rap and hip-hop music community. Siplin, who admits to sporting an Afro and platform shoes in his youth, grew tired of seeing young men wearing their pants so low their underwear was exposed.
“The parents, the grandmothers, the professional people, they say, ‘How can they walk down the street showing their behinds?’ It’s not civilized,” he said.
I told you what I think…So what do you think?