Bobby Rush Hoodie

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Bobby Rush Hoodie, Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush was escorted from the House Wednesday after being reprimanded for wearing a hoodie to protest against the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Rush, a former member of the militant group the Black Panthers, came into the chamber wearing a suit, with a hoodie underneath.

As Rush began to speak, he took off his jacket to reveal the hoodie, which has become a symbol of solidarity with Martin. Pulling up the hood, he said: “Racial profiling has to stop. Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.”

As he continued speaking, he took off his normal glasses and replaced them with sunglasses. He was interrupted by the acting Speaker, Gregg Harper, from Mississippi, who said: “The member will suspend.” He added that Rush was in breach of a House regulations on decorum.

Rush, who represents Illinois, continued, quoting from the Bible. Harper, speaking over him, repeated: “The gentleman will suspend.” Looking exasperated, Harper finally said: “The member is no longer recognised.” He then asked the serjeant-at-arms to enforce the prohibition.

After he had left, Harper reiterated that Rush was in breach of the rule on decorum, which meant no hats. “The donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule,” he said.

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