Representative Bobby Rush wore a gray hooded sweatshirt to address the House today and was quickly gaveled out of order as he paid tribute to Trayvon Martin and protestors wearing hoodies to protest the Florida youth’s fatal shooting.
“Racial profiling has to stop, Mr. Speaker,” the Illinois Democrat said, taking off his jacket to reveal the hoodie, then pulling the hood over head. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.”
House rules don’t allow for hats on the floor. The presiding officer, Mississippi Republican Gregg Harper, banged his gavel and ordered Rush to remove the hood.
Rush didn’t stop. He put on dark sunglasses and the made the rest of his minute-long speech against the sound of Harper’s gavel.
“The member will suspend,” Harper said as he repeatedly tried to enforce the no-hat rule and silence Rush. “The member is no longer recognized.”