Fashion is the way a majority dresses or behaves at a particular time. So what is the big attraction for some youngsters to identify with felons and hipsters?
The song says it all. "Gold in your mouth, hat turned sideways, looking like a fool with your pants on the ground."
Many of us dress trying to identify with a privileged social group. Some youngsters insist on being different. They walk around with their pants exposing their buttocks feeling this is a way to express freedom from conformity. No belt, yeah!
This fashion is ugly but "cool" to young people. Saggy pants are in style in spite of protests from those not wishing to see exposed underwear. Try to ban this fad and immediately you will be accused of impinging on freedom and targeting minorities.
Mature individuals think saggy pants exposing buttocks are ugly, insulting, stupid and uncivilized. How can anyone take youngsters wearing this style seriously? As an employer, would you hire someone greeting the public in your name wearing pants on the ground?
Some jurisdictions have passed laws against sagging pants. These laws and objections from family and school administrators have failed to keep some kids from wearing pants around their hips.
Youngsters don't want to look like their teachers, lawyers, judges, coaches. Who are they looking up to and imitating in fashion? Gangsters and hipsters.
Those who study these trends tell us saggy pants originated in prison where exposing the buttocks signaled sexual availability. From prison, the fashion moved into hipster culture. Teens watched and embraced the style.
Grandparents are probably asking youngsters, "Who is comfortable walking in clothes too big and that require using a hand on the crotch to hold up?" "What is attractive about exposing private parts in public?" "Are felons and rap stars really good role models in fashion?"
Yes, we do have freedom, but only within law. None of us is really free to do what we wish if we infringe on the freedom of others.
Some states have passed laws against any garment that intentionally exposes undergarments, pubic hair, buttocks and genitals. Those who wish freedom to do this challenge such laws saying government has no right to control fashion.
So, in some places slob is in and modest dressing is out. It is pants on the ground and to hell with the feelings of those who object.
Racial profiling isn't the issue. Pants on the ground is antisocial and in many instances indecent. It isn't exactly the corporate look.
It is a fad and will one day go the way of all such fads. In the meantime, kids who have adopted this style might look in the mirror with a view toward changing their image. This kind of "cool" isn't what most prospective employers seek for their workplaces.
Darrell Huckaby is a local educator and author. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For past columns, visit www.rockdalecitizen.com or www.newtoncitizen.com.