WATCH: Group Seeks to Ban Saggy Pants In Chicago

mlk-cross-LG.jpgA community group based in North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side hopes to amend the city’s indecent exposure law to make the wearing of saggy pants illegal.

According to Fox Chicago, Empowered Citizens of North Lawndale (ECONL) hopes that the City Council will join some Chicago area villages, including Lynwood and Sauk Village, in outlawing the wearing of pants that hang more than four inches down from your hip. Violating the law, they say, should carry a fine of up to $200.
The group argues, “yes, people have the right to dress and wear whatever he or she chooses, but it should not be offensive to the public at large … In his address to the ‘saggy pants’ and uneducated boys on the corner Bill Cosby said, ‘We, as black folks, have to do a better job,’ he stated. We have to start holding each other to a higher standard.”
The American Civil Liberties Union has decried the disproportionate racial impact such a law could have on African American men in particular. Individuals should be allowed to “wear what they choose and know they will be judged by the ‘content of their character’ and not by their choice of clothing.”
The NAACP, too, has described such laws as inviting racial profiling and violating free speech, NBC Chicago reports.
Source: Huffington Post

North Lawndale Group Calls on Chicago Aldermen to Ban Saggy Pants:

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