Congressman Bobby Rush's Hoodie Speech on the House Floor Is a Must-See (VIDEO)

Yesterday, on the House floor, Representative Bobby Rush, a Democrat from Illinois, did an incredibly brave thing when he donned a gray hoodie and sunglasses while calling attention to the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. It was a powerful message, one that shouldn't have been silenced.

Unfortunately, it was. As Rush delivered his moving speech, Representative Gregg Harper, a Republican from Mississippi, used his gavel almost immediately to silence him. Apparently, there is a House rule that bans House members from wearing hats on the floor. He was then escorted from the House floor.

What he did was powerful, though. The murder of Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman is all anyone can talk about right now and that's an important thing. We SHOULD be outraged. Things need to change. See below:

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Amazing, no? It gives you chills. 

A gray sweatshirt may not seem like much. But in the movement demanding justice for Trayvon, it's vitally important. It's the article of clothing 17-year-old Martin was wearing when he was shot and killed by Zimmerman. He was also carrying a pack of Skittles. Both items have become a symbol of solidarity with Martin and his family. The hoodie has taken on special meaning.

It says so much. It says we will not stand for racial profiling or for innocent people being shot. Zimmerman claims he acted in self-defense, but the lack of charges in the case has sparked nationwide protests as well it should.

Rush is correct in calling for further investigation and a stop to the underlying racism so many live with every single day. In his powerful speech, Rush said:

I applaud the young people, all across the land who are making a statement about hoodies, about the real hoodlums in this nation, specifically those who tread on our law wearing official or quasi-official cloaks. Racial profiling has got to stop. Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.

He may have been officially silenced, but Bobby Rush is right and those who care heard him loud and clear.

Do you think Rush should have been silenced?

 

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