There’s no shortage of clothing-based stereotypes, yet the sagging pants stigma is arguably one of the most prominent. Several politicians have attempted to ban the look, which allegedly was derived from prison where belts aren’t allowed.
The latest political figure to spend time and energy chiming in on a pants’ style is Mayor Pro Tem Carnell Robinson. Robinson has gone as far as to insinuate sagging pants boost the crime rate, saying: “Sagging is part of a culture that breeds drug sales, drug addictions, crime, and murder. That is not what I want for our community.”
To put the law where his mouth is, Robinson has instituted a ban on sagging pants in Dunn, North Carolina. Offenders will be warned twice and fined $200 the third time. His proposal will be up for discussion at the Dunn City Council’s August meeting.
With gun violence increasing and education funds decreasing, sagging pants seem like they should be the least of a mayor’s worries.