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          The Baggy Pants Debate

          January 28, 2008

          Do you think the government should be allowed to keep you from wearing something others may find offensive? What if the clothing at issue were not yours, but that of someone at a restaurant you frequented, the mall or even your church? A debate is gaining attention across the country: Should baggy pants be banned? Twelve states have taken action and created ordinances – some with $500 fines and jail time – but are they unfairly targeting African-Americans?

           

          A Criminal’s Uniform”

          Renee, Lionel and Kat are three parents on different sides of this droopy drawers debate. They go head to head with a city official who is for a ban on baggy pants, and Reverend Al Sharpton, who says it targets black youth.

          “Pull your pants up, but don’t bring the law down.”


          Is Hip Hop to Blame?

          Are recording artists to blame for the image they present to teens? The debate heats up with members of Hip Hop Government, rapper Dooney Da’ Priest and the Grammy-nominated Ying Yang Twins!

           

          “Everybody has to be held accountable for improvement in hip hop.”


          Hidden Camera Experiment

          Two teens with baggy pants head to the mall in Dallas, to see how the public reacts. Kat and Lionel watch as their sons ask for help from store personnel and shop at high-end boutiques.  

          “People might be a little shocked.”

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