Wednesday: A south Florida city has repealed a law against saggy pants, this comes after media and other critics claimed that the law targeted African Americans. The City Commission of Opa-Locka, FL voted to repeal this law and another that “extended the law to include women who exposed undergarments.”
In the town, the signs can be seen with the words “NO Ifs, Ands or Butts… It’s the City Law!” on them. In the middle of the sign are two African American men that are sagging their pants and exposing their underwear.
This law has been in effect for the past 13 years and now the media and other critics are calling the law unnecessary
The law stood for 13 years, with some critics arguing that it was unnecessary from the beginning. Vice Mayor Chris Davis, one city official that supported the repeal, had this to say to the media:
“I was never in support of it, even as a resident. I felt it disproportionately affected a certain segment of our population, which is young African American men.”
However, Commissioner Alvin Burke, the one city official who voted no in the 4-1 vote said that the law was meant to “uplift” them. The local news got a reaction from Burke after the law was repealed:
“As of today, we still have our young men walking around with saggy, baggy pants. If y’all see fit to do away with it and just continue to let our young Black men walk around into our buildings like that … then so be it.”
And of course, the ACLU had to weigh in on this so-called controversy calling it an “affront to the constitutional principles of fairness, free expression, and due process of law….Criminalizing the way someone wears their clothing serves no one.”