Letting It All Hang Out? Bill Would Put It All Back In

Atlanta proposal calls saggy pants "major concern;" ACLU claims "racial profiling"
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 23, 2007 12:14 PM CDT

(Newser) – Young men will want to hike up their sagging pants, and women cover up bra straps and exposed thongs if Atlanta’s City Council adopts a proposal to amend the city’s indecency laws, the Journal-Constitution reports. The measure, which would fine violators for exposing boxer shorts, thongs and bras, is discriminatory and won't stand up in court, the ACLU warns.

Supporters say prison-inspired fashion trends send a negative message; an ACLU rep says the “racial profiling bill” targets young black men. Its sponsor, an African-American councilman, said he hopes to spur conversation on hip-hop culture. Adds one mother, "we've gone beyond saying, 'Pull up your pants,' to saying we need to focus on the message our young people are sending." (Read more Atlanta stories.)