Hoodies Up! Congressman Thrown Out House Floor For Wearing Hoodie!

Rucuss staffMarch 28, 2012

Representative Bobby Rush wanted to make a statement in support of protest of the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.

Before Rush began his five minute speech to the House floor, Rush said “racial profiling has to stop” as he pulled off his suit jacket to reveal a gray sweatshirt on Wednesday. The Illinois democrat then put on a pair of sunglasses and the hood on his head. He then said, “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.”

Rush was asked to leave the House floor. But he ignored the first couple of requests.

Rush continued his speech citing passages from the Bible about the need “to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” and about being “sent … to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and to recover the sight to the blind and to set the oppressed free …. I urge all men who hear these words to heed these lessons.”

Rep. Greg Harper (R-Miss.), who was presiding over the chamber at the time, repeatedly hammered the gavel and tried to interrupt Rush, but he kept talking with a louder voice.

“May God bless Trayvon Martin’s soul, his family,” Rush shouted. He was still yelling as he was escorted off the floor by the House Sergeant at Arms.

After Harper removed Rush from the floor he explained,”The chair must remind members that clause 5 of rule 17 prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session. The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”

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