by Brooke Bosca | Top Right News
A billboard put up recently in an urban section of Memphis, Tennessee is generating controversy, although the man behind it said it bears an important message for young men in his neighborhood.
And many people agree with him.
The short and powerful message reads “Show your mind, not your behind,” and includes an image of a young Black man with sagging pants.
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Fred Davis, an insurance agent, said he decided to invest in a billboard because he wanted young black men to know when their pants are sagging, “It negatively impacts their future.”
And while some immediately attacked the ad, calling it “racist,” they were quickly informed that the man who purchased the ad is a Black businessman, who denounced the “thuggish mentality” among “too many” Black youths today:
“We didn’t fight for civil rights to end up with the thugs running around today”
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Davis also said the men who do this depict an image that relates to a poor education and a life of crime.
“If you want to be upwardly mobile, you can’t present that image to people who are qualified to make a decision about you,” he added.
“This is a very busy corner. I thought people who were driving by the neighborhood would get a chance to see my message,” said Davis.
Davis paid $6,000 to have the billboard erected and it stands just yards away from his office, where he said he fought shoulder to shoulder with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement.
“We didn’t fight for thuggish mentality, we fought to create for the generations who came behind us to move up a little higher,” he said.
“It’s sending the message, ‘You can achieve,’” he added.
Davis said if his message reaches only a few people, it’s money well spent.