Yesha Callahan

Maryland County Collects Belts To Help Sagging Pants

Are you tired of seeing young boys (and girls occasionally) with their pants sagging? Are you tired of seeing dingy white underwear that should be covered by pants? The solution could be right in your own drawers at home. A juvenile diversion group called Take Charge, based out of Prince Georges County, Maryland, is now accepting donations of belts at 13 drop-off points in Prince George’s County.

The Pull ‘Em Up campaign was started out of community leaders frustrated by the low sagging pants worn by the teens in the area. According to the Washington Times:

Take Charge Executive Director Jerrod Mustaf said the goal of the belt drive is to “modify the culture of young people who believe it’s cool to wear the pants that are sagging.” “When we look at positive role models in our community, you don’t see any positive men dressing like this,” Mr. Mustaf said. “That should tell you something.”

Mustaf sees parents who idolize hip-hop artists sporting baggy trousers as part of the problem. “It’s so disheartening. You find a lot of parents who are younger, who watch Jay-Z on an awards show or Lil Wayne, and their pants are sagging,” Mr. Mustaf said. “Parents still listen to and adore these rappers and these musicians.”

The Pull ‘Em Up campaign has received support from many public officials in Prince Georges County. Council member  Ingrid Turner said she is backing the belt drive because of the misinformation about what is appropriate dress for work. “Many of our young people need guidance,” she said. “When pants are all the way down to the ankles and you almost walk out of your pants, that’s not professional. That’s not what we call an up-and-coming young person.”

Do you think there should be more programs like this? How effective do you think it would be?

  1. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    This belt drive may be the silliest program that I’ve heard about in awhile. Just because you collect a bunch of belts doesn’t mean that young men are going to wear them or change their minds about sagging their pants. The director of Take Charge mentioned Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. While he may see a couple of “thugs” who sag their pants, young people see men who are successful DESPITE sagging their pants. This belt drive is only serving to shift the focus on a bigger issue.

  2. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    Positive role models in our community? How about asking the parents to step up and not allow their children to leave the house looking stupid? How about we snap out of this nonsense and take full responsibility and control over our families? How the hell did we get to this point?!
    Teach your children to be leaders, not sheeple!

    • October 17, 2012 - Reply

      @Anon by Choice

      Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttt!!!

      This is 2012…It’s not the parent’s responsibility to ensure their children adhere to morals, decency, thriving for a better future. These respnsibilities belong to teachers, police, Jay Z, politicians, the internet, OTHERS. Didnt you get the memo?

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @victoria

        Lolz!!! Exactly. I look at these parents. They have that attitude of “I ‘on’t care.” They look a mess. They send their kids out the house looking a mess. No let’s start at square one. They are the ones buying the pants for them from the big and tall section.

        When I was growing up, children’s appearances and manners were a reflection on the parents, and you didn’t send a child out the house looking a mess. People would talk about you. They would say “Can you believe she didn’t comb that child’s hair? Can you believe she let that child come out the house like that?” but that was back when we had just an inkling of shame in our culture. Now people say ” I ‘on’t care.” They say they are keeping it real. Only God can judge them and all other stupid nonsense that sets their kid up for a life a failure. Parents need to do better. This is just like that article about the ridiculous names to me. It is the job of the parents to set kids up for success. You give your kid a name that is impossible to pronounce, let him sag, defy authority figures, and make mediocre grades. Then you say life isn’t fair when he can’t get a job.

        A sense of shame would prevent many of those things from happening, but when you don’t care and do silly things and then demand that people not judge books by covers even though that is what all humans have been doing since they were young, it is easy to set your kids up for failure and then whine about the man holding you down.

  3. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    This is absolutely ridiculous. So their pants are sagging, so what? If this were not a style largely worn by Blacks no one would be walking around talking about it. Their bodies are completely covered and therefore I don’t understand the concern. The facts that so many black people participate in the shaming and ridicule is absolutely ridiculous. If some kid wants to walk around with their pants halfway down their legs it has no affect on me as a person and is a reflection on them.

    • October 17, 2012 - Reply

      @Renee Martin

      “If some kid wants to walk around with their pants halfway down their legs it has no affect on me as a person and is a reflection on them.”

      I felt like I was in church after reading that. Preach!!!!

      Thank you!! I don’t give a hoot how you dress, but I will choose to associate with people who dress in a manner that I feel is a suitable reflection of the character of people I align myself with.

    • October 17, 2012 - Reply

      @Renee Martin

      ??!?!??!?!?!?!?!??

      Are you kidding me?! JESUS CHRIST!

      Completely covered when I can see the outline of their penis, and butthole?! Oi.

      “If some kid wants to walk around with their pants halfway down their legs it has no affect on me as a person and is a reflection on them”

      Whatever happened to, “it takes a village to raise a child.” That may not be your son, BUT, it could be your sister’s, your brother’s, a friend’s, heck even the very stranger you don’t care for. These kids need to be SHAAAAAAAAAMED, completely until they feel embarrassed enough to be more dignified! They are our future, whether you’d like to admit it or not!

      Shame them!

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @African Mami

        hie sweetheart, about this;

        “it takes a village to raise a child”

        i think you’re forgetting something. the village can only help do so by REINFORCING what (if anything) is being taught at home, and this in turn can only be done if a kid is being taught to respect their elders,thus when you tell them to say pull up their pants, they will only do so if their parent is telling them the same thing at home and if they are being told to respect and listen to their elders.

        now, how many black kids are being taught that? remember there are people out there like Shidea “uppercutted” Lane that are parents…

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @African Mami

        @ grateful,

        Hey sis. I was just irked by the individualistic approach! Our success, thus far rests on the shoulders of the many that have influenced our lives, directly or indirectly.

        Indeed some of these kids do not have the necessary parental guidance, but, to have such a dismissive attitude, grated my nerves. C’mon!

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @African Mami

        Yes! We need to bring back the art of shaming instead of this BS “no judging” nonsense.

        I am still perplexed at this 20 + year old trend, this disgustingness has been going on since I was a child, WTF?

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @African Mami

        @ KeepitReal

        No judging only works in Utopia. From the moment you leave your house, somebody somewhere is casting judgement on your appearance, demeanor, you name it.

        And yet folks are here being blase. Eiiiiii, this is killing me.

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @African Mami

        Thank you! Folks have no shame these days. People act like they don’t know how to connect dots between lack of shame and undignified behavior. I’m not saying that man was right in hurting Miss Keepin it Real Goes Wrong Shidea, but if she and her fellow hoodrats had some shame, then incidents like that would not happen as often.

        Black folks like to act as if these things are not a problem. World Star Hip hop is full of stuff like that. So many black kids even black girls resort to violence because their mothers never raised them to think that would bring shame upon their family.

        If you look at Asians, they are not so well behaved because they are superior and it’s in their blood. They have a sense of shame in their culture that encourages dignified behavior and ridicules idiotic behavior. Black folks call idiotic behavior keepin it real.

        I get sick of people saying these kids are expressing themselves artistically. They can see how they like expressing themselves artistically in the unemployment line. Black neighborhoods can see how they like their artistic expression and innovation when they’re terrorizing black neighborhoods because they can’t get a job. There was an article on here about how some organization was pitting blacks against Latinos. How can you compete with another group of people who are many times regarded as hard-working who don’t invoke white guilt when you yourself are stereotypically regarded as lazy and then you dress like some loser thug? You can’t.

    • October 17, 2012 - Reply

      @Renee Martin

      “If some kid wants to walk around with their pants halfway down their legs it has no affect on me as a person and is a reflection on them.”

      That’s quiet hypocritical considering the fact that we discuss most issues as a community and somethings are left by saying “not our problem”. Whether we like it or not, this does in fact represent black culture in America. Even if it isn’t our own sons, it’s somewhat a partial representation and reflective of what’s happening within the community. Where did trend come from? What’s the purpose of such trend? What does it represent?

      I’m sure the answer is not positive.

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @LaNubiana

        @KeepItReal

        You need to copy and paste this comment on several threads. Love it!

        And regarding ”It takes a village,” now and days it seems this apply only when someone from this village needs money, childcare, displine. But it doesnt apply when others want to give advice, guidance, or direction.

  4. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    Shaming? Lol! And if it were your child, brother, friend, etc… It is a reflection of you as well.
    It is important to teach these young men that unfortunately in this world we are judged by the way we look.

  5. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    i have the slight feeling a lack of belts is not the problem here…

    • October 17, 2012 - Reply

      @lol

      Exactly. Collecting belts is nothing short of window dressing. It’s like putting a band-aid on a broken arm.

  6. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    This won’t work for the simple fact that I see boys and men sagging their pants while wearing a belt. People are quick to police how women dress, but when it is turned the other way it’s a problem.

    • October 17, 2012 - Reply

      @Patience

      “People are quick to police how women dress, but when it is turned the other way it’s a problem.”

      Right. It’s similar to how women should always look good for their man but, if a woman wants her man to look good she’s superficial or asking for too much.

  7. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    Do they think these people don’t own belts? People will sag their pants with belts on. This is pretty dumb. The problem isn’t people not being able to find belts, the problem is people thinking the style is cool.

    Honestly I’m not even sure it’s a problem. Sure, I judge people sagging their pants all the time, but who am I to police their personal style by pointing them towards the nearest Take Charge building? Whether it was inspired by their favorite rapper or whether I think it’s stupid or not doesn’t matter

    Shoot, I thought the whole ombre hair trend was silly even back when my friends were dip dying their hair with kool-aid. Just because I or a large group of people don’t like it is not going to change the mind of the people who do.

  8. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    I appreciate their efforts, but it is clear as day, that belts will NOT change the kids mentality. It will only hold their pants, not brains! These kids need to know that sagging is a prison mentality complex! I am do not have any suggestions other than, institute laws banning this foolishness! Whenever I’m on the bus, I have to look away when I see a 12 year old putting his hand in the crotch area, with his pants sagging low. Apparently, putting hands infront of your crotch area, and leaving them there, is the NEW accompaniment to this foolishness! SHAME THEM.

    Dear Future African Mami Son,

    I love you dearly. I love you so dearly that if I ever catch you with your pants sagged, I will publicly shame you, with absolutely no remorse. None, at all.
    Be warned, your cascading tears like the Victoria Falls in Zambia, will not stop me from saving you from a life of foolishness. Your friends may desert you thereafter, oh yes, it will be in front of your peers. If you ever come across this note, please take heed and think twice of your fashion choices before stepping outside of our house.
    I’m your mother, not your homie!

    Love,
    Mommy.

    • October 17, 2012 - Reply

      @African Mami

      i died!

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @lol

        what nonsense

        this person’s child would need saving from its mother

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @lol

        @ paul,

        the mother needs no saving, thanks for your “concern” doe!

  9. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    Ha! What is collecting belts gonna do? There are lots of dudes the that sag with the belt on.

  10. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    I bet if young girls and women didn’t pay attention to these daggers and made it known how stupid they look, men and boys would quit with the quickness. And before anyone accuses me of blaming women for this behavior-stop it, I’m just saying we have a lot of influence.

    • October 17, 2012 - Reply

      @Hmmmmm?

      It’s interesting that you said this, because I’ve wondered if girls find this fashion trend attractive. I’ve asked several young women if they think a guy wearing his pants halfway down his azz is cool, and they all said no. So, siting my unscientific and random research, WHO are these youndg men trying to impress?

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @MommieDearest

        As someone who is very observant of others (people watcher) and a patron of public transportation, the conversations of young boys and men have lead it to be my understanding that a boy or man sagging his pants/wearing baggy clothes has come to represent masculinity and heterosexuality. Likewise, many guys don’t understand the different cuts of jeans and think fitted jeans are ‘gay’.

        I was riding on a bus once where two guys who knew each other were conversing until it was time for one of them to get off at his stop. The guy who remained on the bus told the other guy to pull his pants down, which were already being held up by his thighs and not his waist. And guess what? The guy adjusted his pants to sag some more.

        Surely these guys realize that who is admiring their assess in their sagging jeans/pants are other men. And since I said that sagging pants are a way to show masculinity, this is why I think guys sag their skinny jeans. They are saying to other guys, “Hey, I may be wearing tight jeans (tight jeans have become a symbol of femininity), but I am still heterosexual and masculine.” I also chalk this up to guys not having the pressure on them to be fashionable.

  11. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    Right, it’s all a conspiracy set up by the man to hinder on young brothers’ rights to show his ass in public.

  12. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    What a load of rubbish.

    I hope black kids continue to innovate their own styles and ways of being. I mean look at the adults who are supposed to be the good example.

    Got nothing better to do with themselves than start a crusade against young people’s fashion.

    Who the hell would want to grow up to be so pathetic?

    smdh

    • October 17, 2012 - Reply

      @paul

      You are advocating prison complex mentality! NONSENSE!

      Who will hire these kids looking like this? This is not a matter of conforming to standards, it’s a matter of using common sense!

      Innovative=prison roots!

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @African Mami

        “Who will hire these kids looking like this?”

        When you’re in a position to hire these kids, your advice might carry some weight among them.

        If all you got is, “dress nice so white people give ya a job”, it’s just so much hot air, since you’re in o better position than they are..

        All YOU are is proof that your way is totally the wrong way.

        You’re dependent on whitey for your survival and you want to “TEACH” black children to be as dependent on whitey for their survival as you are.

        Nah – you teach your own children to conform so that whitey gives em a job – coz they don’t wear saggy pants.

        LOL!

        I’ll teach mine to wear whatever they please, to be who they wanna be and to hell with whoever doesn’t like it.
        .

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @African Mami

        @ paul

        All you wrote is RUBBISH.

      • October 17, 2012 - Reply

        @African Mami

        @paul,

        “When you’re in a position to hire these kids, your advice might carry some weight among them.

        If all you got is, “dress nice so white people give ya a job”, it’s just so much hot air, since you’re in o better position than they are..

        You’re dependent on whitey for your survival and you want to “TEACH” black children to be as dependent on whitey for their survival as you are. ”

        I know several black people who own businesses and none of the them will hire a young man who walks around with the crack of his azz exposed. I am in the process of starting my own business, and I most certainly will NOT have someone working for me who thinks that providing a view of his skid marks to the general public is A-OK.

      • October 18, 2012 - Reply

        @African Mami

        mommiedearest

        and I’m sure that if any black youth goes to your business owning friends looking for work they’ll dress and prepare themselves accordingly for interview and work in that environment.

        Assuming they’re offering the kind of work that requires a shirt, bow tie and belt – and not some dead end go nowhere menial minimum wage job. in some two bit dollar store.

        LOL

        If you’re one of the FEW blacks who CAN and WILL offer MORE than just CRITICISM to black youth, you MIGHT get a lil bit more respect from them

        as long as what you expect of them does not require them to compromise too much of who they are to fit into your world.

        If not – I’m sure they’d be the first to tell

        where to stick your business and your lame ass job.

        🙂

    • October 17, 2012 - Reply

      @paul

      Just because I am curious about your answer to my hypothetical question (and to play Devil’s advocate):
      If you had a teenaged daughter, who felt that it was in her right to wear provocative outfits (and when I say ‘provocative’, its a nice way of saying ‘barely dressed and half naked’), what is your opinion about that one?

      • October 18, 2012 - Reply

        @MimiLuvs

        mimiiuvs

        wearing provocative clothes is a CONFORMING behaviour –

        Everyone does it.

        But where did I say that I was against conformity if that’s what a kid chooses?

        I thought my point was clear –

        basically

        stop trying to impose your definitions and values onto other people.

        Live and let live and mind your own business because your answers only “solve” your questions.

        If someone wants to push the boundaries ie look for inspiration outside the conventional boxes, then they probably wouldn’t look to you.

        You choose conformity others may choose something different.

        Simple

      • October 19, 2012 - Reply

        @MimiLuvs

        LOL ish just kinda got real!

        people just got “live and let live” used against them.lol

        now it’s *crickets*

  13. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    I do believe the baggy pants look came from the jail system. Wasn’t it a way to tell other prisoners that they were “available”? I think it makes the who fashion statement (more like jail trend) rather silly, and a bit sad. It’s like the jail culture never leaves the Black community.

    • October 17, 2012 - Reply

      @phylecia

      I have a few relatives who uses the penal system as their vacation spots… and all of them has told me the sagging pants was a way to state that were… available.

  14. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    Aren’t kids these days wearing skinny jeans and the like? Wasn’t there an article here not too long ago condemning skinny jeans because of so-called health effects?
    As long as we have old people and young people living on the same green earth, there will also be elders complaining about what these “youngins” [sp] are wearing, listening to or saying.

    So I give this operation belt-a-negro movement a “Yawn.”

    • October 18, 2012 - Reply

      @Echi

      As someone who is very observant of others (people watcher) and a patron of public transportation, the conversations of young boys and men have lead it to be my understanding that a boy or man sagging his pants/wearing baggy clothes has come to represent masculinity and heterosexuality. Likewise, many guys don’t understand the different cuts of jeans and think fitted jeans are ‘gay’.

      was riding on a bus once where two guys who knew each other were conversing until it was time for one of them to get off at his stop. The guy who remained on the bus told the other guy to pull his pants down, which were already being held up by his thighs and not his waist. And guess what? The guy adjusted his pants to sag some more.

      Surely these guys realize that who is admiring their assess in their sagging jeans/pants are other men. And since I said that sagging pants are a way to show masculinity, this is why I think guys sag their skinny jeans. They are saying to other guys, “Hey, I may be wearing tight jeans, but I am still heterosexual and masculine.” I also chalk this up to guys not having the pressure on them to be fashionable.

      • October 7, 2013 - Reply

        @Patience

        yes it is true that the sagging pants came from the prison system.It marks a prisoner that is ready for sex and wants to get butt raped.But it also there choice that they wanna sag.I personally dont have a problem with the younger generation of kids sagging in a way it humurous.

  15. October 17, 2012 - Reply

    Urggh, my comment disappeared!

  16. October 18, 2012 - Reply

    I think it is a silly drive to be honest. It isn’t like these young men don’t own or have belts (some even sag their pants with belts) so I don’t see how this can be helpful because in order for them to take pride and look respectful for themselves you have to change their mindset. You can give them all the belts they want but they have to make the change mentally.

  17. October 18, 2012 - Reply

    Before I read the article I guessed PG County that’s a dam shame. The county is the worst out of all the counties!

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