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Sure young men, you can ‘sag’ butt it will cost you

Jineea Butler | 6/30/2013, 1:41 a.m.

Sadly, many young people can’t give you a good reason for why they are showing their butts – literally.

When asked, most will tell you that they feel more comfortable with their pants exposing their backside. People of my generation used to say that we sag our jeans because we felt uncomfortable with the sizes and styles that were available. Consequently, urban fashion was born. Designers for Karl Kani, FUBU and Cross Colours began to make clothes that addressed our vision for a more comfortable feel.

As bad as the sagging looks, it’s difficult to sit by as people belittle our entire hip-hop community on basis of only a slice of our community. Mr. Mayor, have you taken the time to speak with the young men in question?

Fortunately, there’s more to them than meets the eye. And as one ACLU official said, having bad taste shouldn’t be a crime.

Just as public officials have a duty to look beyond our clothes, rappers need to clean up their act, too. I think many of them don’t understand the saying made famous by French writer Francois-Marie Arouet aka Voltaire, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

My questions to The Game are: When these people follow you, are you going to give them a job when they are “sagging down to their socks?” Are you going to stop the paper trail that might hurt their careers? How will these five people even get in touch with you to pay the fines? No matter how relevant or powerful a rapper aspires to be, we can’t allow them to plant messages that poison the mentality of our youth. If The Game is serious about making change; why not pursue the proper protocol to overturn this law.

Critics say if young men wearing pants below their waist want to know how they are perceived by others, all they have to do is look at what “saggin” spells in reverse.

Jineea Butler, founder of the Social Services of Hip-Hop and the Hip-Hop Union, can be reached at jineea@gmail.com.