LONG BEACH (CBS) — City leaders want young people in Long Beach to do two things this February: pick ’em up and keep ’em up.
Bishop William Ervin along with Carson City Councilman Mike Gipson are calling on black children and teens to “pull up their pants on their waist” as a sign of respect during Black History Month.READ MORE: High-Powered Winds Whip Through Southland, Bringing Cold Weather And Dust Advisories
KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports their message to young men who wear their pants down around their knees is simple: “You can have the swag without the sag”.READ MORE: Grant's 2 Goals Lead Anaheim Ducks' 5-1 Rout Of Tampa Bay
Community leaders say the plan is not just for cultural purposes, but may have legal benefits as well: sagging pants are often used for profiling purposes by law enforcement agencies.MORE NEWS: Omicron Surge Still Raging In Southland, Despite Decline In Other Parts Of Country
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