Today on the floor of Congress, Democratic Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush wore a hoodie on the floor of Congress and was then escorted out for breaking House rules.
Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush, of Illinois, was escorted off of the House floor on Wednesday after donning a hoodie and sunglasses in honor of slain teenager Trayvon Martin. Rush, who began his remarks in a suit jacket and glasses, lamented the tragic death of 17-year-old Martin, who was killed last month by George Zimmerman, a volunteer member of a Sanford, Florida, neighborhood watch.
"Too often, this violent act that resulted in the murder of Trayvon Martin is repeated in the streets of our nation," Rush said in his statement. "I applaud the young people all across the land who are making a statement about hoodies, about the hoodlums in this nation, particularly those who tread on our laws wearing official or quasi-official clothes."
At this point in his remarks, Rush took off his jacket to reveal that he was wearing a hoodie underneath it. He covered his head with the hood, violating a rule in Congress that prohibits wearing hats on the House floor.
“I’d like to commend Congressman Rush for pleading our case,” said Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin.
“Why wasn’t Congressman Rush allowed to address racial profling?” Martin asked. ”This is something that needs to be talked about…This is a country of freedom of speech.”