Congressman Bobby Rush was escorted off of the floor of the House of Representatives for wearing a hoodie inspired by slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
Speaking from the House floor, Rep. Rush removed his suit jacket, pulled his hoodie over his head, and told his colleagues, “Just because someone wears a hoodie, does not make them a hoodlum.” Mississippi congressman Gregg Harper, the acting Speaker, pounded the gavel while Rep. Rush continued reading from the Bible.
After Rep. Rush, a Chicago Congressman who was apart of the infamous Chicago Seven, was escorted from the floor, the acting speaker reminded the other members of Congress of Clause 5 of rule 17 of the House rules that prevents the wearing of hats. Rep. Harper told Congress, “The donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule,” and proceeded with the day’s events.
Yesterday, New York state Senators wore hoodies in solidarity with Trayvon Martin’s cause, and his family spoke with Democrats on the Hill in a pannel on racial profiling and hate crimes.
The fight for justice for Trayvon Martin, and those who meet similar unfortunate fates, has not only spread across the country, it has gone global. Today, a protest was held in Hackney, a section of London, and another is scheduled in the city at the U.S. Embassy on Saturday.
While some may want Trayvon Martin’s case to quietly fade into obscurity, one thing is clear: the protests are growing and people demand justice for the murdered teen.