A South Carolina politician was sick of seeing thugs walking around with saggy pants, so he decided to do something about it.
Lawmakers who support the legislation say the bill is not about making criminals out of those who wear their pants this way but rather serving as a deterrent and ending the behavior.
“Violations of the law would not be considered criminal or put that person’s participation in a state college or university financial assistance program at risk, according to the bill,” the Post added. “One of the bill’s sponsors insists the proposed measure is all about ending an ‘unbecoming’ and ‘unprofessional’ look – and denied that the bill is designed to target minorities.”
“It’s no more than a warning to allow these fellas to be more responsible,” Democratic Rep. Joe Jefferson told WLTX. “It is not just targeting African-American men. I see men of all races walking around with this same problem. It is just disingenuous, we should not have this. There ought to be a better way.”
Detractors of the bill say that the government has no right to regulate what we wear, so long as we’re fully covered. The bill originally had the signatures of 11 South Carolina lawmakers, but that has dwindled as 5 of 6 have since requested that their names be removed from the document.
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