Last week we told you that Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway had unveiled yet another rap song containing homophobic lyrics to promote his anti-sagging-pants campaign. In response to our post, Resource Center Dallas’ Cece Cox sent a letter to Caraway on Monday, calling for him and other city leaders to repudiate the song’s anti-LGBT message.
“It was with great dismay that I read a blog post last week from the Dallas Voice about your renewed campaign to discourage men from wearing saggy pants,” Cox writes. “For the second time in five years, the campaign is using a rap song featuring anti-LGBT lyrics to promote this campaign. According to the Voice, five years ago the lyrics to the song were modified to remove the anti-LGBT content, so I was highly surprised to see them return and be expanded on in the re-launched campaign.
“The Center shares common ground with you on the sagging pants issue; in fact, we agree that dressing without one’s underwear showing is a good idea,” Cox writes. “Our concern is the approach to the campaign and the lyrics to the song. Calling someone on the ‘down low,’ meaning men having sex with men (MSM) and stating it as a put-down, helps promote fear, shame and discrimination against men who are gay or bisexual or are perceived to be gay or bisexual.”
CC’d on Cox’s letter to Caraway are Mayor Mike Rawlings and all of the other council members. For the record, Caraway’s assistant, Sloan Anderson, hasn’t returned our phone calls seeking comment about the song. Cox’s full letter follows after the jump.