PROUD OF THOSE SAGGIN' PANTS? - Check This Out!
Please share this with Our Youth, Our Parents, Our Black Men and Women
Letter from a college student
The other day, a friend of mine visited me in the lobby of my dorm just to chat while her laundry was drying. As we
were chatting, two young freshmen came by. One of the boys wanted to 'talk' to my friend (as in date). She asked
him how old they were, and both of the boys replied 18. My friend and I both laughed hysterically because we are
both 22 years old. After my friend left, the young men were still hanging around and one wanted to know how he
could gain her interest.
The first thing I told him to do was to pull up his pants! He asked why, and then said he liked saggin' his pants. I
told him to come over to my computer and spell the word saggin'. Then I told him to write the word saggin'
I told him the origin of that look was from centuries ago. It was the intent of slave owners to demoralize the field
workers by forbidding them to wear a belt as they worked in the fields or at any other rigorous job. In addition, men
in prison wore their pants low when they were 'spoken for'. The other reason their pants looked like that was they
were not allowed to have belts because prisoners were likely to try to commit suicide. And, saggin' pants prevents
you from running.
We as young Black people have to be the ones to effect change. We are dying. The media has made a mockery
of the Black American. Even our brothers and sisters from Africa don't take us seriously. Something as simple as
pulling up your pants and standing with your head held high could make the biggest difference in the world's
perception of us. It is time to do right by ourselves. We need to love and embrace each other. No one is going to
do that for us.
It all comes down to perception. What people perceive is what reality to them is. We have to change not only the
media's perception of us, but we need to change our perception of ourselves.
Remember all eyes are on you Black Man. All eyes are on you Black Woman. All eyes are on your Black Child.
People point the finger at us and expect us to engage in negative and illegal activities, to manifest loud, boisterous
behavior, to spend our hard earned money in their stores, buying goods we don't need, or really want. We have
allowed not only the media, but the government and the world to portray us as a 'sub-culture.' They have stripped
our culture down to the point where the image of Black people is perpetuated as rappers, athletes, drug users,
and consumers of junk food, expensive tennis shoes, expensive cars, expensive TVs, cell phones and not
investing in homes for our families. We are so much more!!!!!!!
To all our Black Men: It is time to stand up. There are many of Black Women who want to do nothing more than
worship the ground that you walk on. We are so in love with your potential. We want to have your back, we want to
love, support and cherish every ounce of your being. But with that you have to show that you are willing to be the
head of our households. You have t o prove yourselves worthy of our submission. We need you to be hard
working...Not a hustler. We need you to seek higher education, to seek spirituality. We need you to stand! And
trust us; we will have your back. We know that it gets hard. We know you get weary. Trust and believe that there is
nothing that a Black Man and a Black Woman can't handle with GOD on their side.
To all our Black Women: It is also time for you to stand up. It is time for you to stop using our bodies as our primary
form of communication. It is time to be that virtuous woman that Proverbs spoke of. You cannot sit by the wayside
while our men are dying by the masses. You are the epitome of Black Love. It starts within you. You need to speak
with conviction to let not only our Black Men know, but the world, that you are the Mothers of this world. You are so
powerful. You are so beautiful. You need to love and embrace every blessing God has given us physically,
emotionally and spiritually.
For all our Black Children: We need to love them. We need to teach them. We need to stand up for them. We
need to protect them. We need to show them that there are no 'get rich quick' schemes. We need to tell them that
they WILL die trying if they submit to a life of crime and deceit. We need to teach our children that no one will love
them the way we can. And being a basketball player, a rapper, or a drug dealer is not reality. It's not realistic and
only a small percentage of people ever make it as a rapper or professional athlete. We need to teach our children
that we can be more than rappers and athletes. We can be the owners of these sports teams. We can be the
CEO's of OUR Fortune 500 companies. We need to believe in literacy. I am almost certain if we were to look back
to the 1930's and 40's, the literacy rates for Black American Children are probably still the same.
Please share this information with someone you love.
'This is the year of empowerment.' God will empower us to accomplish things
this year that will be mind blowing.
Just One More Thought and Question!
When designing the Human Body, God, in His infinite wisdom, placed the Behind where it was the most
difficult part of your body for you to see, behind you! Is it possible that He placed it there because He
realized you probably would not want to look at your own Behind, so WHY pray tell, would anyone else want
to look at it?
P.S. - Don't get mad at me. I'm just asking a question and trying to make sense!
|SAVE OUR YOUTH SERIES - SAGGIN'