The Pride Of A People


By Interfaith Gazette Staff

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. only lived on this earth for 39 years. His life epitomized the truest form of sacrifice. Sometimes he got so worn out but he never thought of quitting as an option. The thing that seemingly was a driving force in Dr. King’s life was this: Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that”! He was always reminding America of the fact that injustice to any group was injustice to all groups, that poverty was not just a Black problem but a HUMAN PROBLEM.

As you view the photos in this issue that are exhibiting the PRIDE OF A PEOPLE, please notice how year after year PRIDE was displayed through a people, for a people, and nothing showed more pride than how WE dressed, how we displayed our PRIDE. Dr. King said this, “ WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK FOR FIRST CLASS CITIZENSHIP, BUT WE MUST NEVER USE SECOND CLASS METHODS TO GAIN IT”! The council member from Ocala, Fla., was tired of seeing the young people in her town wearing their pants low and sagging, and successfully pushed to prohibit the style on city-owned property. It became law in July. Violators face a $500 fine or up to six months in jail.

“I’m just tired of looking at young men’s underwear, it’s just disrespectful,” Rich said. “I think it would make [people who wear sagging pants] respect themselves, and I would wager 9 out of 10 of them don’t have jobs.”

The rationale behind the ban enacted last year in Wildwood, N.J., was similar. “I’m not trying to be the fashion police, but personally I find it offensive when a guy’s butt is hanging out,” said Ernest Troiana, the town’s mayor, after he announced that his city would very much be policing fashion.

Mary Sue Rich Finally Had Enough

The council member from Ocala, Fla., was tired of seeing the young people in her town wearing their pants low and sagging, and successfully pushed to prohibit the style on city-owned property. It became law in July. Violators face a $500 fine or up to six months in jail.

“I’m just tired of looking at young men’s underwear, it’s just disrespectful,” Rich said. “I think it would make [people who wear sagging pants] respect themselves, and I would wager 9 out of 10 of them don’t have jobs.”

The rationale behind the ban enacted last year in Wildwood, N.J., was similar. “I’m not trying to be the fashion police, but personally I find it offensive when a guy’s butt is hanging out,” said Ernest Troiana, the town’s mayor, after he announced that his city would very much be policing fashion.


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