Flint Michigan Implements Controversial Sagging Pants Law
Flint’s interim Police Chief David Dicks (yup…that’s his name) began implementing a controversial new “sagging pants law“. In short, let your pants sag and you will be warned, then fined, and finally put in jail if you don’t comply with this indecent exposure law. Here is some content from the article that explains the Chief’s position:
Dicks, who took over the department last month on an interim basis, announced that his officers would start arresting people wearing saggy pants that expose skivvies, boxer shorts or bare bottoms.
“Some people call it a fad,” Dicks told the Free Press this week while patrolling the streets of Flint. “But I believe it’s a national nuisance. It is indecent and thus it is indecent exposure, which has been on the books for years.”
On June 27, the chief issued a departmental memorandum telling officers: “This immoral self expression goes beyond freedom of expression.”
Some “sag your pants” supporters are crying foul though. Of course, the crazy folks over at the ACLU are claiming racist undertones as the driving issue. It goes without saying, but this is bizarre and bordering on insane. Can we please leave the race comments out of this and talk about the merits of what they are trying to do?
This new law is ridiculous if they do actually plan on throwing people in jail, but warnings and fines? I have only one word – “finally”. I know not all will agree and I would love to hear from you in the comments, but guys who wear their pants sagging are making a statement. No one can convince me otherwise and this is why I support The Chief in his actions. Stop the ghetto behavior and you will start changing attitudes.
Sagging pants have hurt the implementation of true manly behavior and manliness in our youth for far too long. I say, “respect yourself and respect how you carry your appearance.” The Manliness Trait (the post has yet to be crafted) A Man’s Appearance Always Matters is something that is near and dear to me.
I lived in Michigan for over 30 years and know Flint, Michigan very well. It is one of the most dangerous places in our country. I lived in Detroit proper for a number of years and Detroit is tame in many respects compared to Flint.
I suspect, regardless of color or ethnic background, that if we start changing the attitude and altering the mentality that presently exists in young males, it might be possible to turn them into young men. Young men with character and respect for each other tend to yield good things.
This respectful attitude is not present in any urban culture that I am aware and Flint is no exception. Flint is a place where something like this could actually start changing the fortunes of the entire city. Don’t agree? Take the time to dress to the nines this weekend and go to a public place. See how people treat you and more importantly, notice how it makes you feel. This attitude just might spill over into all aspects of your life.
Finally, the sagging pants law could make the “sag your pants” fashion (using that term liberally) a thing of the past. If for no other reason, there is hope I can now go back home and find myself in a pickup game without the fear of having to check a fella with his pants half off. I don’t think anyone can argue with that!!!