Councilman Caraway Relaunched His War on Saggy Pants Today, and Damn if We Didn't Go Buy a Belt

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Dwaine Caraway addressing the audience alongside hypothetically shit-contaminated fruit.
Today, City Council member Dwaine Caraway relaunched his war on saggy pants with a press conference/"Pull 'Em Up" summit in City Hall, and it was without a doubt the single best thing to ever happen to Dallas.

First there was the star-studded cast of characters: all of City Council, except for Mayor Mike Rawlings, whose opening statements were read by Pauline Medrano and Tennell Atkins. Deion Sanders made an appearance, sporting a ball cap, T-shirt and shorts. Dallas Police officers, the fire and rescue squad, political emissaries from Fort Worth, Betty Culbreath, Carter High School's anti-sagging "Man Up" group, former council member Ron Price, and the coup de grace, South Dallas City Hall gadfly Sandra Crenshaw.

Then there was the message: Caraway will stop at nothing until every pair of Dallas men's pants is belted at the waist.

The whole thing felt like a joke at first. Hell, the whole thing was a joke at first. Then Caraway called out the president of the United States.

"I want to say this about our president. I want to say first I respect President Barack Obama and I support President Barack Obama, but the president seems to think the concentration of an elected official should not be on this issue. The only thing I'd like to say back to the president -- and make sure you know that I support him -- but [his daughters] Sasha and Malia don't ride the DART bus here in Dallas."

The epidemic of saggy pants started when men began emulating jailed prisoners, who had their belts removed so that they couldn't be used as weapons or to commit suicide. No belt + prison food=sag. People with sagging pants are often profiled as "thugs," and as one speaker so eloquently stated, "dress like a thug and you'll get treated like a thug."

So young men, mostly black, are being profiled. What else is new?

According to Caraway, the campaign is about "respecting yourself and all women." And that's when everything got awesome.

"This is greater than just the respect side of it. It's a health side of it, as well," Caraway said, before commenting on the maybe real danger of riding DART. "Underwear is meant to protect your inner self from your exterior clothing. The germs immediately exposed from the body are waiting on the next passenger."

That someone could literally be so full of shit as to infect others with contagions seconds, minutes or hours after they've left is almost unbelievable (unless you're familiar with viewers of Fox News). So Caraway brought props.

"It's not about fashion with me. It's not about rights. It's not about the ACLU," he said, as people yelled out "Preach!" and "Tell it how it is!" As he spoke, he picked up grapes, lemons and other fruits on the podium so that everyone gathered could imagine what would happen if someone who just touched their exposed underwear then touched fresh produce.

Caraway then spoke about a couple stores that have "No Shoes, No Shirts, No Sagging, No Service," which technically would be grammatically incorrect, though the store owners have the right idea.

Caraway praised Fort Worth officials, since their public transportation system has the right to deny service to saggers.

"We're trying to find a solution without having to use enforcement," Caraway said, citing billboards, radio, word of mouth and the press as ways to get this initiative cemented in the Dallas psyche.

Then it was time for others to talk. Primetime got his 15 seconds, and used it to plug himself. "We're opening up two schools," he said," and I can guarantee that no teacher came into the interview sagging."

The campaign is mostly geared toward men, but that doesn't mean women were exempt. Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill earned an applause when she brought up women's fashion, saying, "There's no place for slits, plunging, butt cupping, etc. That is inappropriate in a public place." She later continued, "It's not about showing your body. It's about being the woman God made you to be."

Soon, though, the bulls-eye was back on men when Councilwoman Carolyn Davis took the mic. "If a gentleman approaches you with his pants sagging, stop him at the door! Put your hand up," she said, raising her hand, "and say, 'Not today, brother!'"

People went nuts. She stressed that men who sagged their pants shouldn't get respect from women, or ostensibly, ass. She then led the chamber in a chant, yelling, "What's the word?" as the audience responded, "No sagging, no respect! No sagging, no respect!"

One young lady gave a tutorial on women broaching the topic of getting their fellow students to stop sagging (The secret: You have to compliment them first. Say, "You look awesome, but can you pull up your pants?") and then it was onto questions from the audience.

The strangeness of the entire event was boosted by the fact that it didn't look like a single person's pants in the audience were in danger of sagging. Caraway and company were preaching to the choir. (The intervention summit for the saggers takes place June 23.)

And then, from the back came one man with the only baggy, saggy pants at the presser to ask a question.

"What if we're not looking for a job and feel comfortable enough to wear pants however we do?" he asked.

Caraway hit him with a hypothetical. What if Caraway tried to date his mother with his pants sagging?

The commenter shot back. What if he was dating Caraway's mother, and had saggy pants and a holey shirt, but Mrs. Caraway still liked him for him. Free love, and shit?

As a response, Caraway extended a hand, and begged him closer, as if making an altar call. Slowly at first, then more confidently, the lone sagger walked to the front of the congregation, and the room erupted.

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childrens trousers
childrens trousers

I think saggy pants in not applicable in their religion. It is better to give honor their religion first.

John on a Carphone
John on a Carphone

Dwayne's got a point in here somewhere, but I think eliminating sagging may not necessarily fix the root cause of problem he's after, which (I think) is the inexplicable glorification of "thug life."    Speaking of which, I heard that the current fad of wearing tube socks with flip flops is another look inspired from prison.  Can anyone verify?

Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

And your interested in the current fashion of prison life because...........................that..............??????????????????????????

Trifecta Tamara
Trifecta Tamara

For some reason it is popular to advertise that you are available for homosexual activity...Never have been able to figure that out. I did see some hope though, just the other day on one of "Jail" shows one of the homosexual prisoners said that the guards were getting onto them for advertising that way so some were switching to the skin tight look...

Poster Atat
Poster Atat

Sagging is high art, advanced culture, cutting edge. It's peaceful, self-expression, self-pride. North Park Mall banned saggers, but continues to display giant posters of Victoria's Secret women in sexy underwear (I'm all for that, too. I'm just saying NP is being dramatically inconsistent... against Black culture, though not "racism", it's a shame it hits against Black culture which has suffered so much from extreme racism in the very recent past). The one thing this country is supposed to have over other homogeneous cultures is that we have the ability to incorporate the best of all. Sagging is cutting edge boundary breaking peaceful art. I'm proud to be an American when we have such freedoms. Let us not take a wrong turn on this one point. By the way, a t-shirt is 'underwear' also and my t-shirt shows because I'm so fat. Nobody seems to have a problem with that in the same way they're cracking down on Black culture. Saggers that I have seen always appear to have put thought and money and time into how they look. I'm very proud to be in the same country with them.  We are a great distance from the Middle East where women can be tortured to death for being the victim of a gang rape or beaten for not wearing a black blanket in the extreme heat, and just forget living a free spirited life of happiness, that's off the table, don't even dream about that.

The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

So, how soon before the term "sagger" becomes off limits to define these people? You know, it's got that sort of a ring to it.

Crystal Victoria
Crystal Victoria

WHY IS...sagging pants an issue that needs government attention? Am I confused or have they solved all the other issues first, and now feel it's necessary to address this one? Not that I think sagging pants is cool or anything, however this is a large distraction from the real issues like homeless, unemployment, and hungry people!! What are they thinking??!! Sagging pants is an EFFECT of a ROOT CAUSE being YOUNG MEN IN PRISON. If you don't want people bringing home unacceptable jailhouse habits, then maybe the government should stop finding reasons to lock them up. Instead they still want to lock you up, but complain when you come home spreading new fads and behaviors. This is insane!! If they want to walk around with no pants, sagging pants, bleached pants...who am I to judge? No, it doesn't look good for our nationality, but where is the positive influence and encouragement? This is adding fuel to flames that will backfire. We're going to have young men pulling up their pants EXPECTING to be treated differently or get opportunities, and the truth is there aren't really any. PERIOD. Whether your pants are sagging or not. People with college degrees aren't making the money and having the success they'd like to have, so how is pulling up your pants going to change the fact that we need to motivate others to respect themselves, want more out of life, and create opportunities for them to take advantage of? If we do that first, they will see the importance of dressing differently. Another thing about this is, they are focusing on the problem and will make it worse. SOLUTIONS, SOLUTIONS!! When we address the REAL solutions, I almost GUARANTEE sagging pants will take care of itself. I'm still in disbelief that he had the nerve to bring the President into this like the USA is in perfect condition and everyone is bored.

Wes Scott
Wes Scott

I understand what you are trying to say, and to a large degree I agree with you, but most people (including SOME political leaders) are capable of leading efforts on many fronts simultaneously. Are there major problems yet to be solved? You bet there are! But, that does not mean we cannot also go after little ones that require not much more than an occasional press conference to address something. I can guarantee you that if women were turned off by men wearing their pants low then it would end in a heartbeat. Women control half the money, all the pussy and most men. This is an issue that women could stop on a dime if they wanted to do it.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

When the president of all people thinks this is a bad idea, you might just want to stop right there. But, this is Dallas, home of a city hall I like to call the "Ship Of Fools" for a reason..Instead of fighting sagging pants, perhaps Carried Away could put some money into PSAing the community on the dangers of wearing house shoes/soccer slides w/ socks and possibly leading a ban on that behavior. Because, if your not over the age of 65 or dont play a sport that requires cleats, you look like a jackass walking around the neighborhood..

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Of course, they would be fake suspenders.

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

Every time there is a "war on something" it gets worse. War on drugs..now there are more drugs in the U.S, including designer drugs. War on terrorism.. now we are fighting terrorism in 2 major countries and maybe 1 more.  War on proverty...now the middle class is on the provery  border line. With this War on baggy pants, we might start seeing little babies sagging their diapers, hell some of them are already wearing waterbased tatoos.  I hope this War is not being funded with tax payer dollars. We ( the tax payers) are already paying to educated these children. Why in the heck do we need to pay to teach them how to wear their pants. This is a parenting issue, not a tax payer's issue, and certainly not a Presidential issue. By "calling the President out" on sagging pants along with his daughters is a cheap ass shot. I could go, on but I like Carraway, he keeps me laughing until he starts wasting tax dollars...... now on Wars. 

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

I'm not sure kids got this from people in the pen. I think Rappers started it and the young people carried it to another level. I know most people think Officials should not be involved in this however if Parents don't teach their kids why should the rest of us have to suffer looking at their underwear?People sagging think its cute just a style but it is very offensive and in the long run will damage their legs as they use them for holding up pants in addition to walking.

Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

But by all means,  the most important job of a *Dallas * city  councilman, is to address MORONS who wish to show their ass (when already doing so), than to fix the problems of an operation of a major (well it once was) city. By all means lets address the the showing of the shit holes, why the world might come to a halt if you don't make them pull up their pants. That problem could have been solved with the parents that brought the idiots into the world! But I ramble on.................... " CARAWAY; if you were to hand them a belt the MORONS would not know how it functioned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

Ummmmmmmm, if wearing saggy pants to show off your ass is your goal, then they are going about it in the wrong way (pardon the pun) if it is your ass that you wish to show, then you are already doing so by not covering that ass of mush that sits on top of your shoulders. 

Dalguy
Dalguy

Perhaps there should be a giant pair of saggy pants hung around the Museum Tower to block the reflected sunlight damaging the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Deck Park.

Hugh0906
Hugh0906

Perhaps next we can move on to the black  women wearing pajamas and fuzzy bedroom slippers to the super market after noon.

sallad
sallad

No, it actually started because of the belts being taken away. The whole thing about sagging because you were "available" for a butt visit is myth. It'd nice to see sagging as a thing of the past and done away with, but telling half-truths won't get us there. Kids are bit more hip to the truth then we some times give em credit for.

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