September 8, 2010, Dublin,]----- I am guessing that many parents will agree with this new law.. In Dublin, Georgia, Mayor Phil Best has made sagging your pants, an offense punishable by up to a $200 fine.
Yes, your children can be charged the crime of "indecent exposure" for sagging their pants or skirts, more than three inches below the top of their hips or exposing their underwear, reported CNN.
Like Arizona 1070 Immigration law, police in Dublin, Georgia, are in charge of enforcing this law. So what are the parameters? Are police going to patrol the streets, or hang out by schools with tape measure in hand, and randomly pull over your kids to enforce this 3 inches sagging rule? Is the government encroaching too far? Shouldn't our children's attire be our responsibility?
Is this going down a very slippery slope, opening the door for more harassment and discriminatory practices? Is this law going to unfairly target mostly "Black" and "Brown" children? Parents be careful what you wish for, the price might just be too high to appease our sensibilities.
Many parents battle their teenage boys daily on a variety of issues, but none get as much attention and as heated as the topic of the sagging pants. I had a debate on this socially unaccepted fashion statement not too long ago and one parent said it was generally a war zone at her house when it came to those pants around the knees.
Maybe I'm a different breed of parent but I do not go crazy at the sight of it like most parents do. Granted it's unsightly when its almost at their ankles, and our children can be stereotyped and profiled because of this. Some say this fashion originated in prison because inmates aren't allowed belts. This adds to the mass hysteria among us parents. I was almost tarred and feathered for saying just that to a group of fiercely anti-sagging moms and dads.
Every generation has its fads. Remember our battles with our parents over what they had considered risque or unacceptable back in the day? Do you remember your reaction? When parents over emphasise and dramatize-- then try to macro manage every aspect of their child's lives, it usually backfires. It has the opposite effect. I do not sweat my son over his clothes and guess what: he does not sag. I bet if I was hyperventilating over the hated pants under the butt fashion, he might have been fighting tooth and nail to wear them like that!
By now we should know that the way a person dresses does not necessarily determine who he/she is. I recently watched a video where a social experiment was conducted. In the exercise to see who would help a child in distress and who would ignore her, a little girl appeared to be screaming for help as a man tried to take her away. No one stopped to help the child, who was desperately crying out for help for hours. Until some young men, with their pants sagging in the usual hip-hop style, stopped to help.
Never judge a book by it's cover--the ones with their pants correctly pulled up to their armpits might be the ones shooting or blowing up the schools with everyone inside.
Dressing the part that society says is acceptable does not exempt or protect our children from police harassment or profiling so don't for one minute think these laws and legislators have our children's best interest at heart. If they did they would not be cutting education funding--firing teachers--leaving our inner city schools in shocking disrepair and despite "No Child Left Behind," be providing widespread substandard education for our children.
To hear the video, click:http://cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2010/09/