Pull Up Your Pants or Get Out of New Jersey

Zara Kessler, Bloomberg, July 26, 2013

If you are heading to the Jersey shore this summer, it might be time to invest in a belt.

Earlier this month, an ordinance went into effect banning saggy pants on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey. The new dress code also includes prohibitions on bare feet and bare chests after 8 p.m., but it’s the saggy pants that garnered news media attention–if only for the delightful talk of underwear and puns about falling “through the cracks.”

The punishment for letting your shorts, bathing suit, pants or skirt slip more than three inches below the waist, exposing skin or underwear–and not complying when reminded of the rule? A penalty of between $25 and $100 for a first offense and $200 for a subsequent offense, as well as the possibility of up to 40 hours of community service.

To some extent, this is an honest attempt by local officials to make the boardwalk more attractive (literally) to visiting families. {snip}

Yet the ordinance is ridiculous. Weird laws exist around the country–the better to turn into slideshows. But this specific law is neither very local nor especially weird; it’s disturbingly common. According to the Associated Press, sagging pants are banned in the suburbs of New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla. In Flint, Michigan, failing to pull up your pants can put you behind bars for a year. Albany, Georgia, apparently has been raking in some money from fines on dropped drawers.

Even U.S. President Barack Obama has weighed in on the issue. Asked about such ordinances in an MTV interview shortly before the 2008 election, Obama called them “a waste of time.” But he added: “Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants. You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What’s wrong with that? Come on. You don’t have to pass a law, but that doesn’t mean folks can’t have some sense and respect for other people. And a lot of people may not want to see your underwear. I’m one of them.”

Obama’s use of “brothers” is telling. The sagging pants trend grew out of baggy, and beltless, prison uniforms, entered the hip-hop world and then permeated mainstream youth culture.

It would be easy, then, to conclude that these ordinances are racist. And some have–including, in Wildwood’s case, a few rappers. It’s not quite so simple. Pants are falling down on kids of all colors. A 2007 New York Times article about the trend reported that it was actually black officials who were more often suggesting the bans. The Black Mental Health Alliance of Massachusetts ran a public service announcement warning young men that failing to pull up their pants could land them in jail for up to three years. The local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People president vocally supported the ban passed in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, this April.

“If anybody says this is racist, that’s a load of crap,” Ernest Troiano, Jr., Wildwood’s mayor, told Bloomberg News. “It’s about decency.” Troiano said no one’s going to be patrolling the boardwalk with a measuring tape. He’s emphasized that tickets will only be issued after sagging offenders are warned and asked to pull up their pants or leave the boardwalk.

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  • Puggg

    Make life easy for the cops: Allow thug blacks to sag. It makes running from the cops all the more difficult, and allows the thug blacks to visually identify themselves. It gives us a visual cue on which groids to avoid.

    • Alexandra1973

      A long time ago I saw a COPS episode where the thug tripped over his drooping drawers. It was hilarious.

    • ozamataz

      I avoid them all regardless of how they’re dressed. Put an ape in a tuxedo and it’s still an ape.

  • They look absurd doing it, so I think it should be required for groids to dress like idiots.

  • WmarkW

    The National Union of Plumbers and Refrigerator Repairmen also condemned the new law.

    • jane johnson

      Sadly, these guys don’t “get it”. They have the sag part down, but a disturbingly high percentage of them seem to skip the underwear altogether.

  • Spartacus

    “The sagging pants trend grew out of baggy, and beltless, prison uniforms, entered the hip-hop world and then permeated mainstream youth culture.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Via the Tribe’s influence…

    • Actually, it was gays who advertised they were “open for business” who brought the style from prison. Some of them also “advertised” by wearing their trousers backwards, with the zipper in the rear.

      • Spartacus

        Bet’ya they were gay jews ?

      • Prison is also where the “shower shoes” thing came from.

        • IstvanIN

          Shower shoes started in prison or are a gay thing?

          • Prison. Hygienic thing. But I assume many wore them when outside of the shower in prison because they were better than shoes without shoestrings.

          • Shower shoes are flip-flops. The idea is to avoid foot fungus.

        • Most of the openly gay dudes were black, and they preferred Mexican boyfriends. A greaser would apparently give them stuff.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        The inherent adolescent antinomianism of a subspecies of the human animal known to possess the average IQ and sex drive of a White 13 year old boy.
        Yeah, put those “people” in charge of a big city and see how that works out, HA HA!!!!
        Side note – I always love how they try to make up some kind of glorious past by misidentifying themselves with lighter skinned folks who happen to co-inhabit their continent.
        Like the Ejypshuns. Recent evidence refutes the rapper version of history – ancient Egyptian mummies appear to have been quite “white”, accrding to DNA. In fact at no time did any “blacks” rule a culturally recognizable and distinct “Egypt”…with the exception of the VERY LAST Egyptian dynasty…yes, that’s correct, the last culturally autonomous “Egyptian” ruling house was indeed “black”.
        Afterwards the region’s foreign rulers (Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans) often adopted classical Egyptian trappings and regalia, but the civilization that endured some three millennia known as “Egypt” ceased with the official assumption of BLACK RULE. The place known today as “Egypt” is naught but Arab-mulatto shadow of the former glory.
        That genetic Trojan horse known as Bantu DNA, not unlike Time itself, destroys ALL.

      • Nathanwartooth

        While that isn’t true, I like it because if Blacks begin to think it’s a gay thing they will stop doing it.

        It actually makes perfect sense that Blacks would emulate inmates. So many Blacks have been in prison and they see it as cool.

        Blacks are so low IQ and criminal it’s hard to get inside their heads and figure out their reasoning.

    • Jefferson

      Black dysfunction is not a result of Jewish influence. How many Jews are there in Haiti and Somalia for example ?

      Blacks were just born to be screw ups. It’s in their DNA.

      • IstvanIN

        Jews just profit off it.

        • Alexandra1973

          That’s why the Jesuits have been tossed out of country after country.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      – Asked about such ordinances in an MTV interview shortly before the 2008 election, Obama called them “a waste of time.” But he added: “Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants. You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What’s wrong with that? Come on. You don’t have to pass a law, but that doesn’t mean folks can’t have some sense and respect for other people. And a lot of people may not want to see your underwear. I’m one of them.” –

      Um…apparently you DO have to pass laws. You see, Big Brudda Barry O, with blacks, all sorts of what would otherwise seem the supreme “no duh” option, requiring common sense and parental attention…is absolutely mandatory and must be codified in law. All must take the time and effort out of their otherwise busy lives to…

      Always keep in mind the LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR – THE NEGRO, whose r-style, low IQ lifestyle (YEEEEAAAHH!) requires costly and intrusive laws that must apply to EVERYBODY as a result of the misapplication of the concept of humanity… Multiply this by millions of such time, effort and money wasting idiocy control and the overall price tag is in the TRILLIONS!

      A race of destructive parasites which should be recognized for what it is (for it’s own good as well as ours) – a separate if closely related species which unfortunately produces sexually functional hybrids (but not too many societally functional specimens).

  • IstvanIN

    I have seen these “youths” with their pants so low I could not for the life of me figure out they managed to keep them up. It is sad, however, that we need laws like this because blacks have so degraded our society.

  • anarchyst

    I don’t know why this comment was deleted, but here goes. . .
    Spell “saggin” backwards . . .
    I rest my case . . .

  • APaige

    Pants? Ban the people who wear the pants.

  • MBlanc46

    I find the hip hop uniform–and the people who wear it–revolting, but I would prefer that the state not involve itself in the details of attire.

    • IstvanIN

      The social contract has been broken by blacks and therefore must now be enforced by the law, I am afraid.

      • MBlanc46

        I would say, then, enforce the social contract where it really needs to be enforces, with crime and violence, not with trivia like ridiculous dress.

        • IstvanIN

          Rudy Giuliani was right when he said go after the little crimes. Ignore the minor infractions at your own peril.

          • MBlanc46

            Crimes, yes, fashion gaffes, no.

          • IstvanIN

            Fashion gaffe is stripes and polka dots. Walking about in one’s underpants should be illegal.

          • MBlanc46

            I fear we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this one. I do see a possible not-statist solution though. Eliminate welfare, put the blacks to work doing manual labor, and have a dress code in the workplace.

          • vladdy1

            Works in classrooms, too. Hit the little things, and by Dec., you’re really teaching while others are still trying to patiently explain why certain things are “not nice.” I never had a fight in my room until I had 3 supervisors at once (really — it was a “consortium”) who wouldn’t allow me to discipline.

  • Non Humans

    “Prison Sex Access” aside, I find it interesting that the nonhumans have invested in this style of fashion. It works against them in plenty of ways. 1.) It draws an undue amount of attention to them, when most of them are lifelong criminals, 2.) It makes it much more difficult to conceal and maintain their criminal effects (guns, drugs, wads of lesser denominations, etc), 3.) As often as they run from the police, it severely impedes in their escapes. 4.) As aggressive and confrontational as they are, it severely impedes them in their physical altercations.
    .
    On that last note, when I was younger, I got into it with a nonhuman who I attended high school with. It escalated and when he threw the first punch, I dodged to his right snatched the back of his saggy pants by the belt and flipped him all the way over onto his back. I don’t need to tell the rest of that story, but it demonstrates clearly the abundant flaws of the nonhuman psyche, especially in regards to their abundant vanities.