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September 19, 2007

Baggy pants: Part II

The baggy pants post yesterday generated a lot of discussion.

I think that it will be interesting to hear what you have to say after reading Tanika White's front page story in today's paper.

It appears that the issue is being considered here in Baltimore. Councilwoman Helen L. Holton has introduced a resolution to require youth to pull up their pants.

Thanks to Claude Call for giving us a heads up with yesterday's blog comment.

Posted by John-John Williams IV at 11:37 AM | | Comments (4)
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Holton's resolution does not require youth to pull up their pants. If you actually read it (or even just skim the title) you'd see that it simply calls for the opening of a contructive dialogue about the issue. Resolutions can not require anybody to do anything. They are barely worth the paper they are written on. And hers is intended merely to open the discussion about the issue.

Scott,

I have read the story. And while I agree that the word "require" is not the most accurate, I will borrow from the story, and use the word "implore."
Politicians are not usually in the business of imploring people to do things. They are usually in the business of passing laws that would eventually dictate the way that people live.
If you read the CNN story that I linked to yesterday, or to the story that you referenced today, you would see that many jurisdictions have passed ordinances that penalize baggy pants wearers. Clearly, this is not a far-fetched reality. Talk is cheap. Politicians are usually people of actions. I would not be surprised if this "discussion" resulted in a legal action sometime in the future...

IF WE DECIDE TO TARGET OUR YOUTH FOR BAGGY PANTS BECAUSE OF PUBLIC SAFETY WE NEED TO TARGET THE KIDS WHO WEAR ALL BLACK CLOTHES,BLACK HAIR WITH BLACK LIPSTICK AND BLACK FINGERNAIL POLISH, BECAUSE MY PERCEPTION IS THAT THEY ARE A THREAT TO MY RACE, SOME PEOPLE THINK DREDLOCKS ARE A REPRESENTATION OF RASTA MEN I COULD GO ON AND ON WHY NOT PULL OUR YOUTH UP AND ASK THEM QUESTIONS INSTEAD OF STEREO TYPING THEM LIKE THE REST OF THE NATION DOES.

Hey, I learned long ago that no matter what I wear into a restaurant, I'll still be better-dressed than at least one other person there. And I'm not exactly a suit-and-tie type. But that's the way it goes around here.

Anyway, Scott, it doesn't matter how the resolution reads. The point is that we, as a city, have MUCH bigger problems than a dress code. As you say, they don't require anything, they're "barely worth the paper they're written on", so why bother wasting many peoples' time and our tax dollars on something so pointless?

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