Call for 'respect' during Black History Month

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.

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”.

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.

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Comments (587)
  1. BlogShag says:

    I find it interesting how this offends people, yet we’re supposed to be perfectly ok with obese people displaying their disgusting looking bodies for everyone to see

    1. random8thgrader ^__^v says:

      -___- i just looked at the picture again and they look pretty normal to me

  2. random8thgrade ^__^v says:

    “It is one thing for a school to have dress codes,” said Finley. “It is a whole different subject for the city to issue ordinances which carry fines for citizens who are not breaking the law. Having to pull up your pants shouldn’t be punishable. If you just lost weight it should be celebrated. Perhaps you can’t afford new clothing. Clothing ordinances are plain and simply, a violation of citizens’ rights. Business owners, government buildings, these places have the right to establish dress codes. But I should be allowed to wear my baggy jeans in my front yard without fear of police harassment.”

  3. DarkStarAz says:

    Stand Up Straight! Pull Up Your Pants!
    Tuck In Your Shirt! Get a Job!

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