Wednesday, June 13, 2012 , Updated 1:30 p.m., June 20, 2012
UPDATED: Dallas City Councilmember Dwaine Caraway renews attack against sagging pants
It's an epidemic of low proportions.
Sagging pants wearers, you're on notice again. Almost five years after he first took up the initiative, Dallas City Councilmember Dwaine Caraway is restarting his crusade to get teenagers and young men in Dallas to stop wearing sagging pants. Caraway refers to the situation as "a crisis visibly occurring in all our neighborhoods," something "which has plagued our communities on a rampant scale."
Back in 2007, Caraway's campaign included billboards, one of which was tragically grammatically incorrect, and a song called "Pull Yo Pants Up" from local rapper Dooney "Da Priest," which was criticized for equating sagging pants with being gay.
Caraway claims both tactics were a success, but that apathy crept in after the campaign was de-emphasized. Apparently a new generation has been inspired by Justin Bieber, so Caraway is now taking a new approach: Being respectful of women. According to Caraway, guys who go around with sagging pants are both intimidating to women and disrespectful of them in general. Caraway also views it as a public safety issue. He says that guys who wear sagging pants "pick the seat of their pants then touch the grapes and tomatoes and potatoes" when they go into grocery stores, spreading germs unnecessarily.
In addition to new billboards, Caraway hopes to earn the support of local businesses, encouraging them not to serve anyone who comes in wearing the offending garments. He's also going to appeal to DART to post signs on buses and trains spreading the word. "It’s just an overall effort greater than the last effort," Caraway said.
UPDATE: Because of what Caraway calls "the overwhelming positive response received from the community" following the announcement of the campaign, the so-called "Saggin Summit" has been postponed in an effort to allow more people to participate. No specific date has yet been set, but stay tuned...
Teresa Gubbins contributed to this story.