pull your pants up young man!
seems like someone on the atlanta city council has an idea for some new legislation to help with the crime wave; requiring young men to pull up their pants.
from the ajc this morning comes this:
Exposed boxer shorts and thongs would be illegal in any public place in Atlanta if the City Council approves a proposed amendment to the city’s indecency laws.
The target is young men who wear their pants low off their hips to show off the two pairs of boxers they wear beneath their saggy pants, said Atlanta Councilman C.T. Martin, a college recruitment consultant who sponsored the ordinance. Saggy pants are an “epidemic” that are becoming a “major concern” in cities and states around the country, the ordinance reads.
well, shiver me timbers, that ought to make things better. of course to ensure that the law is properly enforced, we will also need to go after girls whose low-cut jeans often show off coin slots.
okay, while i think this may be some of the silliest legislation ever proposed, i do appreciate the sentiment behind it as councilman martin is quoted as saying:
“Little children see it and want to adopt it, thinking it’s the in thing,” Martin said Wednesday. “I don’t want young people thinking that half-dressing is the way to go. I want them to think about their future.”
makes some sense to me, but i think a dress code is probably not going to fix that.
predictably the aclu was quite upset by this:
Under the proposed ordinance, women also couldn’t reveal the strap of a thong beneath their pants. Nor could they wear jogging bras in public or show off even a wisp of a bra strap, said Debbie Seagraves, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.
seagraves continues in the article:
“This is a racial profiling bill that promotes and establishes a framework for an additional type of racial profiling,” Seagraves said.”
no wait a second debbie, either the law bans thongs and jogging bras; not exactly hip-hop fashion accesories, or it targets young black men. you can’t have it both ways.
duplicitous aclu arguments aside, this is a pretty silly idea and one i expect has about as much shot of passing the atlanta city council as i would have being elected to it.