Sagging pants among African youth is a sign of low self-esteem

Publié le par hort

The fact that our youth walk around with their bottoms showing and refer to themselves as ‘dogs’ and ‘niggers’ is proof of just how low their self esteem and how intense their self hatred is. These were the same words that the slavemaster used to describe our ancestors during slavery. The big difference between then and now is that our ancestors never believed them, because they knew their history and their civilization was far superior to that of the cruel and wicked slavemaster’s, so in spite of the atrocities he committed against them, they remained proud and dignified and that was their strength. That is why the oppressor cut African people off completely from their culture and history and  today we are seeing its devastating results.  If our children knew their history like our ancestors did, they would never adopt this kind of aberrant behaviour because they would know that they came from an illustrious lineage of noble men and women who predate white people, slavery and white supremacy. I encourage our young men to take a look at some of their ancestors  in the following videos (art from the ancient kingdom of Benin)

 I would also like to leave them with a quote from master teacher Malcolm X. “Europeans created and popularized the image of Africa as a jungle, a wild place where people were cannibals, naked and savage in a countryside overrun with dangerous animals. Such an image of the African was so hateful to AfroAmericans that they refused to identify with Africa. We did not realize that in hating Africa and the Africans we were hating ourselves. You cannot hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree itself.” I encourgage our young women also to take a look at this video about Sara Baartman from South Africa to help them understand why they should never allow others to disrespect them, but most of all to not disrespect themselves.

 When our youth call themselves by these derogatory names they are perpetuating white supremacy, since the goal of the racist has always been to degrade and dehumanize African people.

 After watching these videos,  please pull up your sagging pants  and go and learn about yourself and do encourage your peers to do likewise. I can assure you that you will never ever be the same again and guess what? That is exactly what scares the living daylights out of the oppressor. Hort


It's the law: No sagging pants in Chicago suburb


Sun Jul 20, 2008


Be careful if you have saggy pants in the south Chicago suburb of Lynwood. Village leaders have passed an ordinance that would levy $25 fines against anyone showing three inches or more of their underwear in public.


Eugene Williams is the mayor of Lynwood. He says young men walk around town half-dressed, keeping major retailers and economic development away. He calls the new law a hot topic.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the ordinance targets young men of color.Young adults in the village, like 21-year-old Joe Klomes, say the new law infringes on their personal style. He says leaders should instead spend money on making the area look nicer.

 Source : Yahoo

 Low hanging pants

This trend has been around a while. Guys walking around with their pants sagging and you may see a hint of boxers or briefs. This has been the style since around the time I was in high school. It never took with me to be honest. In fact sometime I was made fun of because of it with comments such as tight *ss pants.

Well in Virginia last week, there was an attempt by their House of Delegates to pass a law to impose a $50 fine against those whose boxers, breifs, or thongs peeked above their pants or skirts. This measure was voted down in the Virginia Senate.

Personally I feel this oversteps the bounds of what a state legislature does and thankfully this bill did not advance any further than being passed in the lower house. This can be considered one of many things that black leader have attempted to take on while not addressing the serious problems.

In his
column (you may have to sign up to see this column) today Clarence Page takes on this issue. The pants sagging down is a part of the hip-hop culture. Unfortunately that style does, even for me I must ask, have a very negative stereotype. However hip-hop culture may not be the blame for the negative actions of a few.

He sees what I see. here's a quote:
One of my thoughtful readers had the right idea in a response to one of my recent tirades against certain toxic aspects of hip-hop culture: "When you see an individual who is experiencing multigenerational poverty and you see that they are involved in hip-hop culture, it's easy to say, `It's the hip-hop that's keeping him down.' But scapegoating hip-hop only obscures the real problem: poverty." Similarly, we see legislators today, frustrated at youth violence, making scapegoats of the trappings of youth culture, like baggy pants and video games, if only because it is easier than pursuing real solutions.


So I've seen black leaders in the past several years attack the use by certain state governments in the south of the Confederate battle flag, but is that really what black leaders should be fighting against. A flag is a flag but the symbolism of that flag is much less important than education, health care, economic development, and perhaps some other keys issues in black America. Perhaps we should not try to stop these kids from wearing what they want but at least make an attempt to get at the root of that problem.


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