Minnesota Vikings' cornerback Cedric Griffin was arrested over the weekend.
Griffin was out at club, minding his own business and having a wonderful and joyous time. Apparently, the managers of the club noticed a young Negro in their establishment and decided that they would prefer he not be there. Living in the 21st century, the powers that be decided they couldn't simply approach him and say, "No Negroes, you must leave."
The bouncers enacted a tactic often used in the here and now to preclude young Negro males from partaking in the fun of club life. A dress code. But, not just a typical dress code, like "Jacket and Tie Required". No, a dress code written in a spirit that would make Jim Crow smile and look down his nose. A restriction written specifically towards the Negro male.
Young Mr. Griffin was asked to leave because his pants sagged too low. What a novel approach to enforcing a racist entry policy at the club.
Supposedly, America is a free society that respects the cultures of its citizens and encourages diversity. Diversity can only be experienced and cultivated through appreciating and accepting different cultures. And, in case you just rolled into town and plopped off the back of the turnip truck, saggy pants that hang low are a mainstay in Negro culture. To ban their presence is to ban Negro Males.
And that is just what this Jim Crow dress code has done. Making matters worse, the bouncers antagonized and harassed Mr. Griffin to such a point that he lost his cool and ended up leaving in handcuffs in police custody.
Our plea: Rev's Jackson and Sharpton, you have defeated the racist voice of Imus. Now, do what is the number 2 thing on the list of bettering the Negro's existence in America. Get a repeal of club dress codes. There can be no equality without saggy, low riding pants.
No drawers sticking out of our jeans. No peace!
Make the signs now.