Rep. Bobby Rush, D.-Ill., was escorted from the House floor on Wednesday after putting on a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses in honor of Trayvon Martin, the teen killed in Florida last month.
CBS News shows that the black congressman was making a speech. "Racial profiling has to stop," Rush said. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum."
As he spoke, Rush removed a suit jacket to reveal a gray sweatshirt. He pulled the hood over his head and donned sunglasses. When Martin was shot, he was wearing a "hoodie," which has become a symbol for those protesting his death. His killer has not yet been arrested, thanks to Florida laws that weigh heavily in favor of self defense.
Rep. Gregg Harper, R.-Miss., the speaker pro tempore, banged his gavel repeatedly and said, “The member will suspend,” finally ending with “The member is no longer recognized.”
Rush was removed after speaking for about a minute. House rules forbid wearing hats in the chamber.
Rush appeared later on CNN, still wearing the sunglasses and gray hooded sweatshirt, and said the incident “is a mere example, a protest about the failure of the judicial system as it relates to Africa-American males and the clothing they wear."