Seems Mayor Ken Corley is on a crusade to clean up the sleepy little town of Brazoria all by his lonesome (well, almost all by his lonesome). Sometime during the month of January, 2007, the mayor of Brazoria tried to get a ban on the use of the word nigger voted into law. (I did a post on this same small Texas town when the mayor propsed a ban on the word “nigger” in that same town: https://kathmanduk2.wordpress.com/2007/01/23/small-texas-town-proposes-ban-on-the-n-word ) Anyone caught using this word would have received a fine. But, since so many citizens of Brazoria were against this ban, the mayor decided against pursuing the issue.
Now this same mayor is back with another ban, this time concerning baggy jeans/pants worn by young people. Below is the story.
Brazoria banning baggy britches?
05:10 PM CDT on Monday, July 30, 2007
The City of Brazoria, one of the oldest in the state of Texas, is stirring up one of the newest debates around over baggy pants, sagging beneath the waist.
A matter of style to some and a decency issue to others.
The long simmering dispute in the city of 2,800 is about to boil over, thanks to a new measure being considered at the highest levels of local government.
It would make the sagging, baggy pants against the law.
Mayor Ken Corley, who’s hoping to craft an ordinance similar to one recently passed in a Louisiana town, threatening violators with fines and even jail time. “It’s not anything I want to do, it’s something I’m compelled to do.”
He calls it common sense trumping the controversial fashion sense.
The disagreement crosses generational lines.
“I don’t want to change it. It ain’t cool,” said Allen King.
“If they don’t like the way I look, don’t look at me,” said Thomas Kind.
Rucks: “Would you support this law?”
Al McCord: “Yes sir I would, yes I would.”
The question now is will city council members. In the meantime, Brazorians with a pension for wearing their pants loose may want to consider buckling up.
|E-mail 11 News reporter Rucks Russell|
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Okay, what do you want to bet that most of the people who are going to be fined for this ordinance/ban (providing it passes) are going to be young black males? Hmm? Do we really believe that most of the people fined/and or arrested are mostly going to be of the light, non-black persuasion? I don’t think so. Probably the honorable mayor has some young men in his family who are rubbing him the wrong way by wearing these baggy jeans around him and since they probably won’t listen to reason (his reason) well, he’s just going to make sure that they and all the baggy pants-wearing young men tow the line with this proposed ban.
Also to be taken into consideration is that more than just young black men are wearing these baggy, sagging, ridin’ below the ass-crack pants; there are many young non-black males who wear their pants this way. So, if Hiz Honor is able to get this ban enacted, there had better not be a lot of racist, prejudicial discrimination as to who will or will not be fined/and or jailed for breaking this proposed law.
But, I am ever the pragmatic realist.
I see many young black men fined/and or arrested for breaking this ban. I see very many non-black young men NOT being fined/and or jailed, with the excuse given for them that:
“Well, they are just young men who did not know any better. We’ll just let them off with a warning. Okay, boys, don’t do it again.
“As for you n*****s, get the hell into the paddy wagon, you are doing 25-to-life, with a $10,000 fine. Shut up! And don’t give us any lip!”
Wait a minute. Saggin’ spelled backswards, spells “niggas”.
It’s deja-vu all over again.
Ah, justice, fairness and decency.
It is to laugh.