Dallas Councilman Dwaine Caraway is on a mission: He wants those who wear low-hanging, baggy pants to pull them up.
As part of his ongoing campaign against saggy, underwear-exposing pants, the mayor pro tem held a summit on Saturday. More than 100 adults, children, students, ministers, law enforcement officers and representatives from local organizations attended the hours-long derriere affair.
Local youth counselor Calvin Glover even brought a contingent of saggy bottom teens. The group piled into two elevators and made its way to the council chamber. Saggy britches, big belt buckles and untucked T-shirts were in abundance.
Glover, a 29-year-old former sagger who admits to an occasional offense still, said kids today have taken the trend too far, exposing too much of their backsides.
"Come on man," he said disgustedly. "I don't want to see your dirty boxers that you've had on for two or three days. I mean, really."
Inside the chambers, music blared from loudspeakers and a Dallas radio station had plastered several tear-away posters onto the high-rising limestone walls.
Sporting a silver and black T-shirt with images of Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, Caraway spoke from a microphone and attempted to persuade the saggy bottom contingent not to sag.
Most listened. Others seemed still groggy from the early morning wake-up.
Looking at a toddler sitting on one woman's lap, Caraway said the baby girl had a right not to see dirty boxers. So does the elderly woman at the grocery store, he said.
"I'm normally in my suit and tie when I'm in City Hall," Caraway said before moving closer to the audience, "but I can be cool when I wanna be."
Drawings of three shirtless men wearing saggy bottoms were on two big-screen televisions behind him. In one drawing, the man's pants sagged just slightly, but not too much. Another's sagged just a tad lower, but not too much more. But in the third, the man's pants fell midway to the top of his red boxer briefs-wearing-overly-exposed derriere.
Caraway told the crowd they wouldn't want someone to show up to their house for a date with their mother if their pants were sagging. It would be disrespectful, he said.
Outside the chambers, 16-year-old Ernesto Arias seemed undaunted. He would still wear his pants low -- maybe even lower, he said.
"It's just a style. It looks good like that," he said.
Back inside the chamber, Caraway allowed that it was OK to sag sometimes. "You can do anything, but do it appropriately," he said.
"I know I'm preaching, but even if we reach one, that's good enough," Caraway said.