The ordinance against sagging pants has got to be the most ridiculous piece of legislation to have been considered by our Augusta Commission.
Sagging pants have not been tied to any criminal, or even undesirable, behavior other than the aesthetic value of the pants themselves. In my opinion, creating laws around sagging pants is like giving a chemo patient a wig and declaring them cured.
It only addresses the symptom, not the problem itself. Males who wear their pants in the manner in question suffer from a lack of education, maturity and self-esteem. Just pulling their pants up will not repair that.
The other problem with that proposed ordinance was the amount of time and attention the matter received. My city is in crisis. We have one of the lowest performing school systems in the state. We have neighborhoods that have to be demolished because of pollution. We are averaging about a shooting per week so far this year, and the Augusta Commission’s response to all of this is to get young men to pull up their pants?
It is my belief that the real need is for men like Commissioner Marion Williams to mentor the young people the ordinance is targeting. As opposed to shaming them, he should be showing them what opportunities are available to them when they choose to expand their minds and adopt a more conservative approach to their dress. He should be allowing these same people to shadow him at his place of business and see the interaction that takes place among the business people of the community so that they can one day also participate in it.
The emphasis should be on elevating their minds, and then their pants will follow.