Following a video by Malik King, in which the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is converted into the Pull Your Pants Up challenge, CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill argued the challenge internalized the idea that black men bear a partial responsibility for attracting undue police attention.
“It suggests that somehow there’s a connection between black male profiling and our pants being sagging,” Lamont Hill said. “Before black people pulled their pants down, they were still being locked up…If we continue to tell young black men that they can behave or dress or otherwise demonstrate their way out of police oppression or police abuse, then we’re blaming the victim.”
“I find it hard to believe that Marc would be as educated as he is and as much as he has contributed to the black community and trying to overcome the negativity that’s in the community that he would actually sit here and try to justify emulating bad behavior,” the Blaze’s Tara Setmayer replied. (Hill differentiated his dislike for sagging points from belief that it factored into racial profiling.)
Lamont Hill argued that the white students he taught at Columbia and the white kids he saw in the suburbs were able to wear their pants low without contributing to their own racial profiling, causing Setmayer to say the real problem was a lack of “self reflection” in the black community. She then asked why the NAACP was fighting ordinances against showing underwear when they could be leading workshops on how to dress presentably. Lamont Hill immediately responded that they did.
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
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