Congressman Dons Hoodie for Trayvon; Escorted Off House Floor

Across the nation, activists and people angry about the Trayvon Martin shooting started marching and wearing hoodies to show solidarity. In the time leading up to Trayvon’s murder (yes, I am classifying it that way), George Zimmerman noted that the teenager looked suspicious with the hooded sweatshirt up over his head. Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera tried to blame the hoodie as a reason for Trayvon’s death.

Regardless, the solidarity reaching all over the country showed the outrage of citizens to this senseless killing. The solidarity reached the floor of the House of Representatives as Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush took off his suit jacket and pulled his hoodie over top his own head.

ThinkProgress noted:

As Rush spoke about the murder and racial profiling, he removed his suit jacket to reveal a grey hoodie, while saying, “just because someone wears a hoodie, [it] does not make them a hoodlum.” Rush flipped up the hood, put on a pair of sunglasses, and began reciting Bible verses, prompting Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), acting as speaker, to bang his gavel and demand that Rush stop speaking. “The member is out of order,” Harper scolded. “The member is no longer recognized.”

“The chair will ask the Sargeant of Arms to enforce the prohibition on decorum,” Harper said. “Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”

Congressman Rush was removed from the floor because of the hoodie. It supposedly broke rules and yet again showed the stupidity in judging what a person wears instead of how they act.

I have no idea about Congressman Gregg Harper’s opinions on this whole tragedy, but this enforcement of a vague rule comes off as ignorant. Why not allow the message and the symbolism of the hoodie?

Watch the whole thing here:

His Congressional office released the full text of his speech:

Mr. Speaker, the death of Trayvon Martin is an American tragedy.

Too often this violent act is repeated in the streets of our nation.

Racial profiling has to stop. Just because someone wears a hoodie, does not make them a hoodlum. Just because someone is young and wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum. Just because someone is a young black male and wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.

A hood on the head does not mean a hood in the head.

I applaud the young people across this nation who are making a statement about hoodies and the real hoodlums particularly those who tread on our laws wearing official or quasi-official cloaks.

The Bible teaches us in Micah 6:6-8, these words, “He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

And in the New Testament, Luke 4:18-20 teaches us these words: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”

I urge all who hear these words to heed this lesson. May God bless Trayvon Martin’s soul, his parents and family, and may God bless us all.

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Mike Shane
Mike Shane4 years ago

I support STAND YOUR GROUND! We need to stop backing down to THUGS!!! I would be ASHAMED if I was Trayvon's parents. Embarassed of the actions he took. The evidence is clear. Even the police on the scene would not arrest him due to lack of evidence. The Prosecutor should stop backing down to angry mobs and and support the officers on the ground! If Trayvon was White and Zimmerman was Black, would you feel the same way? If so, then you are a racist.

Mickey J.
Past Member 4 years ago

I feel really finicky reading these articles I mean there are writers that can write reasonable stuff.

mary l.
mary l5 years ago

Jesus christ this happens EVERY DAY somewhere in the U.S. Just because it's a BLACK kid it's made national headlines. How about all the other parents out there, what because THEY ARE NOT BLACK, oh so it doesn't get any attention. This "F"ing president of ours in a RACIST along with his other black sidekicks. VOTE THIS A Hole out!!!!!

marc horton
marc horton5 years ago

i am so sorry for the loss of your son, to the marrtin family. justice will be served and i hope with it comes some major changes to people's attitudes and the law that is wrong in florida and other states. stop hate

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin5 years ago

Stop using what happened between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman to spread your anti-gun/anti-self defense garbadge.

I made a video about why you should own a gun for self-defense.

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil anti-gun movement.

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W5 years ago

Hey Harold, my only complaint is that he went to The Men's Store or some upscale place to buy that "hoodie".

That wasn't a hoodie; it was a grey, upscale velour pullover with a hood. And I don't think Trayvon was wearing sunglasses.
To tell the truth, the problem was that he ended up looking like the old posters of the Unibomber, LOL!
But I still admire what he did.. Screw some of the House's rules!

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

My comment about clothing shows how dress is used by phony, hypocrites as an "excuse"
to "mock", "tease", "put down", "bully", "disrespect", "torture" and murder in cold blood" anybody who isn't a "good ol boy" member of THEIR cult. It's been going on since slavery and
is still going on or we wouldn't be having a discussion right now as we speak.

Susan V.
Susan V5 years ago

Please sign this petition as well if you have time. Thanks, Susan

Harold Thomas Jr.

@Jane B. - Your reply to my comment has exactly what to do with the price of Tea in China?

Emily M.
Emily M5 years ago

With all the hate that is spewed by Republican Congresspeople about Muslims, women, the poor, immigrants, LGBT people, and anyone else who doesn't fit into their mold -- and this is the guy that gets kicks off the house floor. That must mean he's doing something right.