Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush, D-Ill., was escorted from the House of Representatives on Wednesday for wearing a hooded sweatshirt, or hoodie, while delivering a speech about racial profiling and the death of Trayvon Martin.
"Mr. Speaker, the death of Trayvon Martin is an American tragedy," Rush said, referring to the Florida teenager who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. "Too often this violent act is repeated in the streets of our nation."
"Racial profiling has to stop, Mr. Speaker," he went on to say. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum."
As he spoke, Rush put up the hood, drawing objections from Mississippi Congressman Gregg Harper, R-Miss., who was presiding over the House.
Rush was subsequently escorted out of the chamber, with Harper indicating that wearing the hood was a violation of House rules against hats.
The hoodie has become a symbol of support for Martin, whose shooting has drawn attention to racial profiling and so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws.
by RTT Staff Writer
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