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Congressman Pulled From House Floor After Donning Hoodie


This series of handout frame grabs from video, provided by House Television shows Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., taking off his jacket to wear a a hoodie and sunglasses as he speaks on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Rush donned a hoodie during the speech on the House floor deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber.  (AP Photo/House Television)

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."

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