Thursday, June 16, 2011
Arrested for Sagging Pants?
Okay, I've heard of "driving while black," but what happened at San Francisco Airport this week calls for a "Pants on the Ground" remix.
According to news sources, Kevin Doherty, a football player at the University of New Mexico was boarding a US Airways plane after attending his high school friend's funeral in San Francisco.
Apparently, someone saw a young black man with dreads and sagging pants and panicked. The airline received a report of "indecent exposure," the flight attended asked him to pull his "pants off the ground," and now Mr. Doherty is facing a lot of charges and the possibility of having his college scholarship revoked.
Freedom of Expression is real - but young black men need to know - just because we have a Black President doesn't mean that they're not watching us - closely. And remember, it's summer and there are tourists from all over the country. You just can't be scaring people from middle America like that.
Seriously, I hope the airline will reconsider the charges against this young man and that his academic institution will show him some leniency. We all make bad choices and I think this is one situation that got completely out of hand.
Peace and Blessings
at 4:43 PM