As sagging pants have left a stain on society, some within society sought to negate the act by making it illegal – and one town was successful in doing so. One month later however, after facing heavy opposition from the NAACP, the town has announced that they’ve repealed the ordinance allowing for pant sagging to once again run rampant in the community.
News of the incident comes out of Ocala, Florida where the town hall meeting resulted in a 4-1 vote in favor of reversing their prior decision. Apparently the decision was reached on account of intimidation by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) who threatened legal action if the town didn’t reverse the ruling.
Shortly after the ordinance went into effect, flyers, put up by the NAACP, started popping up around town reading, “$500 FINE and/or 60 DAYS in JAIL. Sagging pants & criminalization of our youth. Should this result in fines, arrest & JAIL?!?”
The NAACP also noted that the ordinance was unfairly targeting young black males – a.k.a. racism. Dale Landry, of the group’s Florida chapter echoed that notion by relaying, “I’m sorry, it’s going to be black males that are the subject of this.”
Members of the Town Board fell victim to the intimidation as they recently reversed their decision with Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn backing the town’s change of heart. He furthermore expounded on the his view saying, “I think you get into really dangerous territory when you start legislating what type of clothes people wear or how they put together their ensemble.”
Others in the community however are extremely disappointed that the town didn’t stick to its guns such as resident and teacher Franklin Rich who stated, “It’s deplorable, it’s despicable, nobody wants to see anyone’s behind. I don’t want to see your underwear.” He concluded by conveying, “I think they should take up a different fight. I would advise the NAACP to put their resources into educating and empowering our people, not supporting negative behavior.”
Where do you stand – do people have the right to dress and wear their clothes how they please, or should we, as human beings, hold ourselves to a higher standard demonstrating respect for our communities? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.