Criminalizing Black Me For The Way They Dress: 3 Years In Prison For Sagging Your Pants???

Boston Hip-Hop Youth Targeted in Anti-Sagging TV Campaign

by Jake Crates

(AllHipHop News) Urban youth in the Boston area are the target of a new ad campaign aimed at putting an end to sagging pants.

Today (January 25) the Black Mental Health Alliance of Massachusetts’ (BMHAM) campaign hits televisions throughout the region to encourage the youth to pull up their pants.

The campaign goes as far as to outline the ramifications of sagging your pants in Massachusetts, stating that wearing pants that sag could result in fines of $300 and even prison, for up to three years.

“So you think you look pretty good wearing your pants like that, don’t you? Underwear exposed, Hip-Hop style,” a police officer says in the video warning.

The video, targeted to young urban dwellers in Massachusetts, is the brainchild of Dr. Omar Reid.

Dr. Reid, President and Founder of BMHAM, said the video’s purpose was to address the growing issue of young men walking in the streets, without regard and respect for themselves and their community.

“This is just the beginning of our public strategy to encourage parents, schools, police, social service agencies, housing agencies, faith-based organizations along with men and women in our community to take a collective stand and tell our young men and boys to pull those pants up,” said Reid.

Take a look at the video below that details the potential for criminal charges.



3 comments on “Criminalizing Black Me For The Way They Dress: 3 Years In Prison For Sagging Your Pants???

  1. Yeah, this is not good. While I don’t agree with sagging pants, I don’t think that fining children fixes anything. If that’s the case, they should fine White children who dye their hair these outrageous colors (pink, blue, etc.) because they might be mass murders like the orange-haired boy in Denver who shot all those people in the movie theater.

    Geesh! Why do they always pick on “us”?

    • The thing is that it’s not just *children* who are doing this! I’m tired of sitting on the bus and finding myself at “crotch level” with the all-but-bare bottoms/crotches of grown men! And it’s not just black men doing this…

      I think people of all colors should be able to wear their hair any color they wish. Colored hair is not an ‘exposure’ issue. Yes, it could prevent them from getting a job, but at least it isn’t menacing, or at least, not *as* menacing. I’d rather not look at 400 lb. women in “tights” and a tube top; either, but at least they’re acting like they’re trying to be *covered.*

      I simply do not believe it’s possible to have self-respect while literally and figuratively baring one’s ass. It’s disgusting; it looks atrocious; and it forces us to look at something a great many of us aren’t interested in viewing. And as a black woman, I believe it’s equally disgusting on men of any race, and just mind-blowing when women do it…

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