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IL Rep. Bobby Rush removed for wearing a hoodie during a Housespeech about Trayvon Martin.

On March 28, 2012, Rush addressed the House while wearing a hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin, a teenager who was shot in Florida under a Stand-your-ground law. As the House forbids its members from wearing hats, Rush was called out of order and escorted from the chamber. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, told House members, “racial profiling has to stop.”

Rush said he applauded “the young people all across the land who are making a statement about hoodies, about the real hoodlums in this nation, particularly those who tread on our laws wearing official or quasi-official clothes.”Then Congressman Rush states “Just because someone wears a hoodie,” he said as he pulled the hood over his head, “does not make them a hoodlum.”

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