Florida Governor Rick Scott earlier this year signed into law a bill passed in the Florida Senate and House which target the perpetrator of droopy drawers the so-called “droopy drawers bill” (SB 228), will force young men to wear their pants up with a belt.The new law requires school boards to adopt dress codes barring clothes that bare underwear or body parts in an indecent or improper manner.
The sponsors of the bill, two Florida State Democrats Gary Siplin and Hazelle Rogers both believe the law will improve the environment over clothing styles as it looks improper, sloppy and ugly. Business owners who have the rights of first refusal view this as an unacceptable dress code in any places of business.
Business owners have the rights to say “Pull up your pants or go elsewhere.” Perpetrators of this unethical style wonder why they aren’t accepted in any business setting as acceptance draws the wrong crowd and criminal situation.
The Civil liberties in Florida issued a statement. The “Florida style laws are a Constitutional First Amendment issue.” The “government should not serve as the fashion police.” I disagree. Who in their right mind wants to see indecent exposure in a public setting? There are other decent ways for expressing your identity without drawing negative judgment from society, communities and law enforcements agencies. It’s one thing being creative but it’s another for flashing ignorance.
Droopy drawers originated in the prison system as a prison culture dress code. Young men incarcerated wore pants well below the waistline exposing their butts signaling to other men the choice to engage in homosexuality. Now this style has made its way into mainstream and glorified in the Black communities associated with the practice of wearing saggy pants as the style and sexual preference is accepted among the younger generation. Young women have recently adapted this saggy pants style as well. Instead of this being “chic” this style optimizes sense of identity and self-expression which pushes fashion freedom to a lower level of creativity.
The last four years across the Sunshine State, Florida has tried pushing legislation to force young men to pull up their pants. In 2008, voters in Riviera Beach, Florida approved a “saggy pants measure” which imposed a fine of $150 or community service for “first offenders,” and jail time for regular offenders. That measure failed as a judge tossed the law finding it unconstitutional after a teenager spent a night in jail. In 2010, the city of Opa-Locka, Florida imposed a $250 fine with community service for those who don’t pull up their pants in public.
Florida is not alone. A number of states across the nation are finding themselves in similar situations as governors and local municipalities are forwarding legislation in a measure to end indecent exposure.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe sign a bill that bans students from wearing clothes that expose “underwear, buttocks or the breast of a female.”
Louisiana passed an indecent exposure ordinance in 2007 that prohibited the showing of underwear. Georgia had similar legislation; the city council passed a law prohibiting people from wearing pants below the belt and revealing skin or underwear.
Last year in New York, a Bronx man was issued a writby a police officer for disorderly conduct, and wearing his pants down below his midsection exposing underwear and showing private parts. The case was thrown out of court by Judge Ruben Franco, with an opinion; the issuance of this summons appears to be an attempt by one police officer to show his displeasure with a particular style of dress.” Correct me if I’m wrong, the police officer according to law. Man secures his pants down below his midsection exposing underwear and private parts. Indecent exposure? Again, correct me if I’m wrong.
Earlier this month Portsmouth, Virginia City Council is considering asking the General Assembly to take on the droopy drawer’s issue. According The Virginian-Pilot a proposed measure would impose some sort of punishment on those who walk around with their pants well below the waistline displaying underwear. Three board members have expressed support for appending droopy draws to its legislative priorities.
Some political opponents disapprove of any legislative challenge to crack down on droopy draws calling any attempt a waste of taxpayer dollars and time. Also labeling any attempt by law agency racist and racial profiling because young Blacks are the biggest perpetrators. I total disagree. The facts of the matter if Latinos, Asians, Whites, Blacks and Arabs all wore their pants to the knees revealing underclothes and law enforcement singled out Blacks only. You have an argument for profiling.
During President Barack Obama early presidency, Obama stated to young Black males “pull your pants up” suggesting that “brothers should pull up their pants.” “Some people might not want to see your underwear. I’m one of them.”
But do we really need a law for this which has become a political issue? Why has this become a political issue?
Those that participate in these ridiculous saggy pants lookare obnoxious and won’t seem to die. Some advocates contend that people in sloped fitting slacksare inclined to gravitate towards criminal activity.This will serve in the best interests of law enforcement to enforce individuals to pull up your pants and lawmakers need to state to youth and young adults: Pull up your pants or pay the price.
Legislation across the nation must reform indecent exposure with a droopy drawers revision signing bill into law would be a vote for character, to uplift this entire country from a sloppy dress life style.