Congressman Bobby Rush Forced to Leave House Floor for Supporting Trayvon Martin and Wearing Hoodie

Congressman Bobby Rush, D-Ill., wanted to make a bold statement regarding Trayvon Martin’s murder.  Rush approached the podium of the House of Representatives to give his take on the Martin’s killing. While speaking, Rep. Rush  removed his suit jacket and pulled his hood over his head.

“I applaud the young people who are making a statement about hoods and the real hoodlums of this nation. Racial profiling has to stop. Just because someone wears a hoodie, it does not make them a hoodlum.”

Rep. Rush was interrupted by acting Speaker Gregg Harper, who banged his gavel and said, “The chair must remind members that clause five of rule 17 prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session. The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”

Rep. Rush was eventually escorted from the chamber and never removed the hood from his head. –amir shaw

Click continue to see video of Rep. Bobby  Rush being escorted from the House floor.

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.


  • Realtalk
    March 28, 2012

    one of the best stories i ever saw in my life !  i salute Mr Bobby Rush

  • Raven420
    March 28, 2012

    Kudos to Congressman Rush.  As for the rest of it, how very typical to not only totally miss the point but to zoom in on whatever trivial circumstance they could find in order to shut him up.  This government never fails to disgust me.

  • Non
    April 1, 2012

    to bad they will end up letting him back in. Anyone that supports what he did either didn’t take the time to research the entire storey or is black.

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