March 29th, 2010
06:14 PM ET

New York state senator crusades against baggy pants

A Brooklyn, New York, politician is hitting the streets in an effort to bag the sag.

State Sen. Eric Adams announced plans to post six billboards around Brooklyn targeting the pants-sagging trend popular with many young men. The billboards, which will hang on busy streets, feature two young men wearing low-hanging pants above the phrase, "Raise your pants, raise your image."

"It's part of a larger tell our young people and our community as a whole, we are better than this," Adams told CNN, adding that the sagging trend originated from prison culture. According to the former New York police captain, "I policed all over the city...The first indicator of whether a young person was in trouble was the way they dressed."

He plans to reach out to school boards to establish a standard dress code in classrooms and is also looking to media outlets, the Internet and endorsements to spread the word.

Adams' effort is not the first campaign against sagging pants.

In Hampton, Virginia, a high school just launched a campaign proclaiming, "Your swag is as low as your sag." Kecoughtan High School Class President Rasheed Parker, 17, started the movement after witnessing the growing trend at his high school.

"With the job market now, you've got to be really competitive," Parker told CNN. "If there's one guy looking nice and one guy sagging his pants, they're going hire the guy looking nice."

Riviera Beach, Florida, and Flint, Michigan, passed bans against sagging pants in recent years, but the Riviera Beach legislation later was declared unconstitutional after a court challenge.

New York's Adams isn't looking to sign a law against below-the-belt wear, but hopes to get a conversation started. Kecoughtan High School Principal Rashard J. Wright in Virginia is on the same page.

"It's cross-cultural, it's cross-generational and it affects all students alike...we have taken an approach of creating dialogue to stimulate conversation and awareness around some of the negative connotations of sagging," he told CNN.

While recent campaigns across the country are causing a stir, some students aren't sold. Minnesota high school student Casey Peterson, 17, said, "I think schools should let kids wear what they want. They should have a right to express themselves."

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  1. Cru

    Yeah, because people are sagging their slacks.

    "Raise your image" to whom?

    "He plans to reach out to school boards to establish a standard dress code in classrooms"
    *sigh* yeah, that'll work...

    March 29, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Val

    I read somewhere that the reason they do this is to emulate prisoners who are not allowed to have belts in prison. Figures that they can't pick a better example to copy.

    March 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jonathan Tellez

    As I read this, the first thing that came to mind was "does not our government have more important issues to worry about than people wearing baggy clothing?"

    Is this what we as taxpayers are paying for, for our senators to police what people wear?

    Ridiculous! I for one do not neccessarliy like the baggy clothing, however I also do not like government officials wasting tax dollars and time on unimportant topics, such as this.

    Does anybody agree?

    March 29, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jordan Eilbert

    ...and people complained HEALTHCARE was a breach of freedom...
    No one, NO ONE can tell you what to wear. Not in this state, or the next. I will not vote for this guy at this point, you CANNOT police clothing.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rock

    Let these chumps wear their droopy pants. They can't run, harder to carry concealed weapon, and you can classify their IQ with a moments glance.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    Jonathan Tellez:
    You took the words right out of my mouth.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Darrell

    Baggy pants?! What a joke. I agree with Jonathan Tellez, what a waste of tax dollars.

    On another note, I hope the state senators keep their noses out of school dress codes.

    March 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Leo Zaza

    Around here (Australia) they wear them so low that their backsides are clearly visible – often quite a disgusting display. Not very dignified.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paul

    He made a good point I am 25 and if i go for a job interview and some other kid shows up wearing baggy pants and his his hat twisted sideways like a lot of kids do, then i get the job no complaints from me, because i knew better not to.Although i do enjoy wearing some types of baggy pants because their comfortable, but yea if your the type of person to show up to any situation dressed like that you deserve the consequences.

    March 30, 2010 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Barbara Taylor

    It is about time.... Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sergio Gonzalez

    wel im in high school and alot of teenagers wear there pants saggy (like me) but i think that h government wants to give tickets to people jut to "help the economy" . -__- i dont think so!

    April 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rosy

    The principal is too young to stand for an issue yet. His career goal is to be in the limelight. His blog shows the hip-hop youth.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |