Monday, October 31, 2011
Sagging: the feminizing of students in public schools
It's called sagging allegedly a fashion inmates denied belts in prison created from their ill-fitting uniforms. And pants down signal to other inmates the readiness to engage in sexual behavior of some sort. While others say rap stars from the hip-hop culture sag and promote it in their music.
Yet, few understand how it promotes and contributes to the feminizing of urban youths before they are caught up in criminal behavior and sent to prison as many more children are being tried as adults across the nation. In New York youths 16 years old are automatically prosecuted as adults under the age of majority statutes.
The Children's Defense Fund campaign from the cradle-to-prison-pipeline was created a few years ago to provide preventive supports in order to reduce detention and incarceration of black and Latino youths. Kevin Hawkins shared photos of these young men sagging on Facebook.