Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sagging Rights

As if there weren't enough problems in Flint, MI [ranked one of the most violent cities in the nation, a dwindling population and a suffering economy], now they have officially started arresting people who sag their pants.

Flint Police Chief David Dicks, says that sagging is a "national nuisance." His official laws are as such: Pants pulled completely below the buttocks with underwear showing is disorderly conduct; saggy pants with skin of the buttocks showing is indecent exposure, and saggy pants, not completely below the buttocks, with underwear exposed results in a warning.

I have two problems with this "law enforcement." First of all, as extreme as sagging can be, it is just a trend. It's no more or less trendy than EVERY girl wearing belts over their stomachs instead of on their waists. This makes these laws seem targeted at urban youth, in an attempt to put something on their record regardless of how minute. You tend to think that in urban areas, criminal activity is rampant enough that this is wasting time on a subjective offense.

My second problem is that, though the interpretation of the law doesn't specify it, this possible misdemeanor is aimed at young men, not women. Literally every day that goes by, I see some girls' butt! Not because I got it like that, but because every time they sit down, the cuts of their jeans expose their thongs and cracks. It may not be sagging, but women's asses damn sure see the light of day, and if that aint exposure I don't know what is. [Editor's Question: Women, how do you not feel when your ENTIRE BUTT is out?. And why aren't some of yall moisturizing?]

Other cities, including Atlanta, Pontiac and Auburn Hills [the last two are also Michigan cities], are currently debating the issue of sagging and whether to make it a law. Regardless of what cities enforce this, the potential of black men being disproportionately arrested on this law is staggering. Lets save jail space for the criminals.


1 comment:

  1. I heard about this a couple months ago and can completely understand where they r coming from. guys take sagging to the EXTREME!! I can understand a male not wanting his pants sitting on his waist, but damn....hugging mid thigh??? come on!!