During my visitation in Louisville, Ky., in March, I met a sagging young Somali Bantu person at a shopping mall. His pants were literally sweeping the floor, and I thought the shopkeeper didn’t need to sweep his market at all since this young person was voluntarily sweeping the floor.
Can anyone educate me on the importance of sagging? Before I could even question this gentleman, he rushed his explanation on why he was sagging and said, “I am American now. I don’t want to be a Somali Bantu anymore and that’s why I sag.”
I was clearly shocked to hear such statements. Every time I visit Columbus, Ohio, or other states, I see some of us (Somali Bantu young people) lost or perhaps forgetting our own unique culture — forgetting our roots. Or maybe we’re ashamed of our own culture, let alone willing to educate others eager to learn our culture.
Sagging isn’t an excellent way of honoring all men and women who have died in this nation fighting for freedom. Have we forgotten all the bloodshed during colonial (times) (when ) this nation fought Britain to win freedom.
I urge us (Somali Bantu young people) to wake up, be proud of our roots. And respect and remember all those died fighting for freedom. Freedom wasn’t claimed easily; it took bloodshed to claim freedom.
Yes, there’s a struggle in adapting to this nation’s unique culture, and we’ll continue to learn. Thanks to all.
Yahya Salah Moburuk