Lawmaker chastised for wearing hoodie in House

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Bobby Rush has donned a hoodie during a 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.

The Illinois Democrat spoke out against racial profiling and, as he removed his suit coat and pulled the hood on the sweatshirt he was wearing underneath over his head, said that "just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum."

Rush was interrupted by the presiding officer, Mississippi Republican Gregg Harper, who reminded him that the wearing of hats was not allowed and "members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor."

On Tuesday the 17-year-old Martin's parents spoke on Capitol Hill at a Democratic-sponsored panel on racial profiling.


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  • by Not Surprised on Mar 28, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    Bobby Rush is a MORON. He did nothing but make a fool out of himself.
  • by Laura Location: Grand Junction` on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM
    Wearing hoodies only makes them indeed look the part of hoodlums! I wander if they even understand how ridiculous they look and even more importantly the message they are sending. Racism is not fair to anyone, but when you walk the walk and dress the dress what do they think people are going to think of you and the people you are trying to represent? Very poor judgment on their part!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:37 AM
    Seems to me its time to bring the dogs and fire hoses out. A certain race is getting uppity again.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM in reply to
      You know they trace most comments like this back to NAACP or SPLC.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    Mexican should have just let the black man keep beating his skull into the pavement. Then let him take the gun. It was the only way to prove he's not racist.
  • by guest on Mar 28, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    this is sad hope it truthfully gets dealt with . would they make such a big thing of it if it were a black man shooting a white boy .NO
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      by Honest on Mar 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM in reply to guest
      That is the honest truth, when a white boy get killed by a black man it doesn't even make news. But somehow this mexican is white?
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