Bobby Bradford letter

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Letter to the editor

Pants hanging down should be illegal, reader says

Maybe if enough adults will read this letter, we can convince these young black people (mostly teenagers) to stop walking around with his pants hanging down.

And this is not a racist letter because I am afro-American, middle-aged adult. And the ones who are doing this is mostly black teenagers, and there are also a few white kids who are friends with these black kids. This is a thing that started way back in the early ‘90s. It slowed down for a while the last decade but it has picked back up.

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I see these kids and I get embarrassed. They used to wear them hanging down about a quarter and half inch. Now they wear them hanging down all the way to their kneecap.

I saw this boy walking his dog the other day on Panola Avenue. I was in my car going to Wal-Mart. I shopped in Wal-Mart for about one hour. When I was going back home, I passed by this same teenager walking his dog. He had only made it about 200 yards going the same way from the first time I saw him. He couldn’t walk fast because he was wearing his pants hanging down to his knees. He had to keep pulling them up. It doesn’t make sense.

A law should not only be passed but enforced against this type of dress code. On the first violation, a police officer should be able to take a kid who breaks this law to the police station. A parent or legal guardian would then have to come to the station and get this kid without paying any fines. This would be a warning. But each violation of the dress code law, after the warning, would result in fines and jail time.

Each violation results in harsher penalties. It may take awhile, but kids will stop walking around with their pants hanging down. No one wants to go to jail. This would benefit these young kids the rest of their life. Maybe 5, 10, or 15 years from now, he will have a job interview. And we all know when you interview for a job, you want to present yourself in the best way possible.

The bottom line is, enough is enough. Especially when you see the same kids walking around with their pants hanging down and the same underwear they have had on for three or four days.

C’mon, man, the girls are looking!


Bobby “Six-9” Bradford