Congressman Removed From House Chamber for Wearing Hoodie in Trayvon Martin Tribute

Showing his support for the growing movement surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) was escorted out of the House chamber after taking off his suit jacket and revealing that he was wearing a hoodie during a speech in tribute to Martin.

Wearing a hood or hat while the House is in session is against House rules.

“Racial profiling has to stop Mr. Speaker,” Rush said while taking off his suit jacket, “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.”

George Zimmerman, a self-appopinted neighborhood watch official, admitted to shooting Martin last month. Zimmerman’s representatives say he acted in self-defense, but the incident has sparked various protests due to allegations of racial profiling and the local police’s handling of the investigation.

The Congressional Black Caucus were the first to call for a federal investigation into the case; President Obama and a number of top Republicans eventually lent their support to such action.

Rush continued his speech while the presiding officer, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), repeatedly banged the gavel and told Rush to leave the chamber. Rush ignored Harper and continued speaking, a representative from the Sergeant at Arms office approached Rush and walked out with the Congressman.

Martin’s parents were on Capitol Hill Tuesday to attend a briefing with Congressional Democrats to discuss hate crimes in America. The two testified briefly, thanking members of Congress for their support and calling for the arrest of Zimmerman.

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1 Comment

  1. Disgusting that they didn’t just let him speak. As if he was wearing it cause he didn’t feel like getting dressed in a suit and tie in the morning. It was clearly to demonstrate a point that shouldn’t have been contentious.

    Especially a situation Gregg Harper shouldn’t have used to pound away at his gavel, probably drooling over having a Democrat removed. Fucking idiots running this country.


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