Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Morehouse tells students to pull their pants up

Many members of the Black community have been fed out with our teenaged boys wearing their pants below their waste, wearing do-rags, and gold teeth. Well Morehouse just took action, and they should be applauded for doing so.

Morehouse, one of the most prestigious Black colleges in the nation, where Martin Luther King, Jr., Cornell West, Maynard Jackson, Spike Lee, and numerous other notable Black men, attended college, has just told their students to pull up their pants!

The dress code states that while on campus students cannot sag their paints or wear them so that it is low enough to reveal undergarments. Caps, do-rags and/or hoods cannot be worn in classrooms. Neither can sunglasses. Decorative orthodontic appliances, such as "grillz," cannot be worn.

The new dress code looks to bring more class to the students. Jeans at major programs will not be allowed. Professional, business casual attire, semi-formal, or formal attire is required.

Students will not be able to wear clothing that has derogatory, offensive and/or lewd messages either in words or pictures.

Students may not wear pajamas in public areas of the campus, and students will not be able to wear clothing associated with women's garb.

Some students welcome the dress code, but other students believe that it is imposing on their right to express themselves.

What type of expression do these students, or anybody for that matter, think they are giving off by wearing their paints below the butts and showing off their underwear? What type of expression do they think they are giving off by wearing do-rags and gold teeth?

That is not the look of an educated man. That is not the look of a distinguished man.

These boys/young men need to realize that other races think that they are nothing but thugs. When they are dressing like thugs, what do they expect people to think?

These young men need to realize that their image is a refection of our entire race, and the bulk of us are being judged by them. If they walk around sagging their pants, then people are going to have a low opinion of our race.

Our young men need to start dressing like men. Not like thugs. If they want proper respect, then need to start dressing properly. But it seems like expressing themselves is more important to them. Many Black men and women have fought for their freedoms, which includes freedom of expression. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream did not include our young men to look like thugs.

We all need to do our part to make our race look good.

Category: Op-Ed


 

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