"Pull Up Your Pants" signs going-up in Mississippi
St. Louis has them. Baltimore has them too. Montgomery, Alabama as well.
Only individual black people could collectively create a world where their actions would necessitate "Pull Up Your Pants" signs... [Laurel rolls out 'pull up your pants' signs, KLTV.com, 11-17-15]:
The Laurel Police Department and Mayor Johnny Magee are asking citizens to pull their pants up when they are out in public.
"We're trying to bring awareness to our young people to pull up your pants," Police Chief Tyrone Stewart said. "No one wants to see your underwear."
Chief Stewart put up the first sign outside of the municipal court court building Tuesday morning.
"When you come here to our facilities, we want you to act right," Stewart said.
"On a weekly basis, you see these young people coming to court, and the way they're dressed with their pants hanging below their buttocks, and you have to have one of the personnel here to tell them to 'pull up your pants before you come in the courtroom.' That's disturbing because that's something these young people should have learned at home."
Stewart said his department is stepping in and trying to close that educational gap.
"We're not here to regulate exactly what you've got on, but they're walking a fine line with the law of how they are dressing," Stewart said. "And a lot of times, I really don't think they have somebody in their lives that is just being honest and telling them the truth, 'Hey, when you go, people are going to look at you different whether you're doing business or whether you're trying to get a job, they look at how you are dressed.'"
Mayor Johnny Magee said, "We want people's minds to be on this. You open doors going into stores now, and you've got 'please pull up your pants before you come in. If you don't pull up your pants, don't come in.' It shouldn't be that way. It shouldn't have to get to that point that you have to tell people to pull their pants up. Of course, I talked to a police officer in Atlanta. He said they love it because as soon as they start running, they can't run. Their pants are going to fall down, and they're going to trip themselves up. So they don't even realize that they want to be criminals, but with their pants down, it's a plus for the police department."
Magee said he has been discussing baggy pants since he was a city council member.
"I used to do a newsletter every month and distribute it throughout Ward 6,' Magee said. "I would always put in the newsletter things that I noticed during that month, and pretty much every month, I had in there that you need to pull your pants up because nobody wanted to see your drawers."
The city of Laurel does not have any kind of ordinance against baggy or saggy pants, but Stewart said he and Magee are working with city attorney Deidra Bassi on drafting one.
"She has some concerns about the constitutionality of it if somebody chose to challenge it, but we're going to get there," Magee said. "We'll see what happens there. There are other cities that have done it in Mississippi and in other states, so we'll be looking closely at that to see what we can come up with."When you understand America is irredeemable, you'll be able to just laugh at these stories: they stand as the absolute proof of the insanity of our egalitarian nightmare.