FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Saggy pants has become a big issue nationwide. Some are offended by them. Some have tried to outlaw them. Some business establishments don't permit them.
The city of Fort Worth in may now join Dallas' campaign in telling people to "Pull 'Em Up". The city council will vote Tuesday on a resolution supporting Dallas' fight to send a message about sagging pants.
An ordinance outlawing saggy pants was originally considered but was dropped in favor of billboards promoting anti-sagging messages.
City Councilman Frank Moss fears that too many young people are being labeled because of how they dress and it affects them being able to get jobs in the community.
"There's stereotyping that all the kids who walk around with their pants hanging down are kids that are unruly, bad kids, and they're involved in crime and other kinds of things," he said. "Many of these kids are extremely good kids; they just think they're making a fashion statement."
It is said that sagging pants got their start in prison because inmates were not allowed to wear belts and their pants are often one-size-fits-all. The "shuffle" step you also see kids doing emulates the same action of a prisoner who is wearing leg shackles. Since young kids are easily impressioned...they seemed to pick this up from their older uncles, cousins and friends who have done time in prison.
There are now billboards in Dallas with three different slogans:
Don't Be Lame, Elevate Your Game
That's Not Hip-Hop, That's Flip Flop
Personally, I hope the trend ends soon. If I want to see your underwear, I'll ask. Otherwise, just assume I'd rather see you with your pants on.
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