Monday, October 15, 2007

Causality

I honestly can't believe this is in the news again: "Several U.S. cities snapping over baggy pants."

What I'm most shocked at, though, is not the fact that these bans are spreading - although I'm alarmed at that too, especially considering that it's proposed in Yonkers, N.Y., just north of where I live in the Bronx. No, I'm most shocked at the newest argument these people are making in support of these bans. Ready for it?

"If we have kids going around wearing pants below their butts, it's not nice, not decent," says Timothy Holmes, a city commissioner in Opa-locka, Fla. "If you ask six of these kids, 'What are your grades?' four will tell you they're making C's, D's and F's."

First of all, can we talk for a second about causality? Hello, Mr. Holmes. Saggy pants do not CAUSE bad grades. Therefore, stopping saggy pants will not STOP bad grades. Take a research class, for heaven's sake. Or a logic class. Or a class at all.

Secondly, if you read my blog regularly, you know I take issue with the racism behind these laws. Nevermind freedom of expression.

If you want to stop bad grades, how about attacking poverty in cities, wages paid to inner-city teachers, quality of the the education system, inequality of resources, or the Digital Divide? I'm telling you, banning baggy pants is not gonna do it.

Sigh.

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