It’s become a phenomenon. Admittedly, I haven’t seen the entire clip of General Larry Platt, but I’ve seen enough and I’ve heard enough to understand the general (no pun intended) message. Strangely enough, I’ve been adamant about this very topic for years. Like my political philosophy, I’m a moderate when it comes to the jeans debate. Two things frustrate me the most when it comes to young males: saggin’ aka “pants on the ground” and skinny jeans. I need not go into detail, but suffice it to say that it frustrates me beyond words to see both forms of “hip-hop” dress.[featured-image]
My waste measures at around a 32. Granted, I buy my pants at around 34 or so. I need to include room for growth (especially given my wife is pregnant and I’ve heard about the sympathy weight syndrome in spouses). You will not see me buying a size 40 in jeans. Why? So I can wear a belt to make my jeans scrunch up in the front? Or alternatively, so I can not wear a belt and have everyone see my Fruit of the Looms? And why wear a size 10 slim? Don’t nobody wanna see my skinny basketball player legs. We avoided tight jeans like the plague back in the day. Now they are “in”. Wardrobe FAIL! Big time. If I had a choice though, I’d rather the kids wear skinny jeans. At least they fit.
Saggin’ bothers me the most. Thank you General Platt. Thank you for galvanizing millions of folks with your words. I question American Idol’s exploitation of this dude, but I don’t question his message. America laughed. They thought it was funny and entertaining. The harsh reality is that African-American males are emulating a style of dress that originated in prison culture (inmates were not given belts because of suicide risks). Sadly, some go on to become a part of gen pop (aka general population) in a prison system near you. Don’t get me wrong, I know all about the inequality and disproportionate number of minorities in prison systems. That’s totally a problem that I don’t want to over look. Here’s the thing. I’ve always felt more confident when I dress appropriately. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Are we, in a way, giving our consent when we choose to dress certain ways? Or are kids just being kids? Looking at what the culture has produced/is producing I probably think both of those are rhetorical questions. In all seriousness, our youth are suffering and something needs to be done about it. That’s just my two cents.