What Not to Wear to Court
As I sat not talking, not texting, not reading and not sleeping (as instructed by the baliff or our case would be pushed to the end of the docket), I watched men between 18 and 28 years of age stand before the judge. They all had one thing in common: their pants were sagging and their underwear was out for public viewing. Basically, not only were they dressed for shit (not even a pair of khakis, really?) in jeans, t-shirts with hoodies, and generally unkempt, but every single one of them couldn’t manage to get their pants up to their waist and over their underwear. I marveled at the ignorance. It just seemed like bad form to come into the court like they were going to the club, or to a drug deal, or the grocery store. It was like some critical piece of coding was missing in their DNA. You’re going to court to plead your innocence or acknowledge your guilt to someone with authority over your future. Doesn’t this mean “special occasion, conform to acknowledged social standards”? Also interesting to me, despite racist assumptions some might stray to, not one of the defendants with their asses hanging out in the court were black. Not one.
My perusal of the Internet for images of saggy pants also led me to this bit of lore: that the fashion of very low slung pants and exposure of undergarments, buttocks and/or ass crack began in prison in the 1970s as a way to advertise one’s availability to take it in the ass. See, that makes sense to me. However, as a fashion to be worn outside of prison? Not so much.
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