While the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral, a former Marine thought it was a good idea to challenge Black men to pull up their pants.
Malik King says that sagging pants on Black men is not only a bad reflection upon themselves, but also provides the police an excuse to racially profile a person.
King and Marc Lamont Hill got into a heated debate on CNN, with Hill rallying against the challenge. “[This video] suggests…that somehow there’s a connection between black male profiling and [sagging pants,]” Hill said. Hill also said it’s a form of victim blaming to even suggest that because of someone’s attire, that they’ll automatically be harassed by the police. Hill also suggested that sagging pants is something that every Black man grows out of eventually.
But King and Tara Setmayer, a conservative Blaze TV host, both said that sagging pants did play a role when it comes to being profiled by cops.
Setmayer also said that Hill’s argument against pulling up sagging pants suggests that a larger problem exists among Black people.
What both of these people fail to realize is that, sure, sagging pants is unattractive, but a cop will also harass a Black man wearing a three piece suit.