Rush Kicked Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie in Support of Trayvon Martin

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of the 1st Congressional District wore the hooded sweatshirt to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Rep. Bobby Rush was asked to leave the House floor Wednesday morning after he donned a gray hoodie and sunglasses to protest the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Rush was addressing the issue Wednesday morning when he took off his suit jacket, as shown in the clip above. 

"Just because someone wears a hoodie, does not make them a hoodlum," Rush said. 

Presiding officer Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) cut off Rush several times and asked the sergeant at arms to enforce the House's chamber dress code, The Huffington Post reports. Rush then left the chamber. 

Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed while walking unarmed through a Sanford, Fla. neighborhood on Feb. 26. His shooter, George Zimmerman, says he shot Maritn in self-defense. Zimmerman had called police to report a suspicious person in the neighborhood and left his car to follow the teen.

Zimmerman alleges Martin punched him in the face as he was returning to his car, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The death has sparked protests across the country in recent weeks.

Rush represents the 1st Congressional District which includes portions of Chicago and stretches further south and west across the suburbs.


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OakLawnBill March 29, 2012 at 09:18 PM
How could you possible infer racism from a white guy posting with the moniker Jesse Sharpton III? Was Rush Robertson taken?
Jessie Sharpton III March 29, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Okay Carin, I think I've found something you and I can agree on. Megan M James should mind her own business!
Carin March 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM
No, I don't agree with that. I think she has a point. Thanks Megan. Keep up the good work !
Dennis Robaugh (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 06:08 AM
No, it is not appropriate. And the comment has been removed.
Jessie Sharpton III March 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Carin, hope your still following the comments. Your statement about the U.S. Census Bureau policy, the one that states you are the race that your mother is. Remember that? You leaned on that rule to say Zimmerman was Hispanic. Well my young friend, you've just changed history in America. According to your beliefs then we've never had an African American President in this country. Waiting to see how your going to wiggle out of this one. Don't mess with the old raccoon.
Carin March 30, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Jessie - I actually spent my even doing other more productive things than to have people sick of me defending against hatred. I did realize that you were calling me racist and someone else said I was "Anti-Whitey" because you think I am a person of color. I am not. I just believe in treating everyone with basic human rights.
Jessie Sharpton III March 30, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I never said, wrote or inferred that you were a person of color. Don't really care either way. The Anti-Whitey person has there problems. You commented about the plight of African Americans in the 1960s. I'm reasonably confident you were not implying how wonderful life was for blacks in the 60s. You referred to them living through a difficult period. Why was it difficult for them? I'm sure you can figure the rest out. But you have not responded to my last posting. According to your stated beliefs, evidenced by the policies of the U.S. Census Bureau, the President is a white person. You can't have it both ways. You said it, not anyone else on this forum. If Zimmerman is Hispanic because the Census Bureau policy states that you are what your mother is then President Obama is white. The Old Racoon is waiting for your answer.
Dennis Robaugh (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Carin and Jessie .... we appreciate your points of view. And each of you has raised interesting discussion points. However, please refrain from mocking each other. It's possible to disagree without being disagreeable. Otherwise, the comments will be removed. Thanks everyone. Dennis Robaugh senior regional editor, Patch.com
Galactic Cannibal March 30, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Dennis, I agree with your comment 100%. Jessie and Carin are behaving like two schoolyard kids in a game of "name calling"
Sara Waters March 30, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Dennis - Thank you for removing the offense post of Jessie's using the N word. Just because it's in quotes doesn't mean it's not offense. It's a way for people to use offense words by saying it without saying but still getting away with saying it. As the saying goes Bigotry wrapped in a Prayer is still Bigotry.
Jessie Sharpton III March 30, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Seems like a nerve got touched. I asked a legitimate question about Carin's interpretation of U.S. Census Bureau policies. She used that to support her argument. It's fair game to challenge her as she represented those policies as factual and binding. I see that a great deal of my commentary has been removed. I'm surprised that the Patch so easily indulged in censorship. Carin had discussions and debates taking place with several people at the same time, not just me. No matter if it's the N word or R word or "C for censorship" as long as no one was addressed specifically then it should be open for discussion. Shall I complain next time I see a word that's offensive to me and demand you remove it, even though the context was not mean spirited? The N word is in the dictionary. Its spoken all over this country, ever day by all races, nationalities and creeds. It's used in songs, movies and churches. Spelling it out one time out of sixty comments is certainly not malicious. I feel the Patch got cold feet and demonstrated much cowardice in their censorship in regards to the comments for this article. The comments are here to encourage debate and enlightenment. If you run scared when someone has an opinion on a sensitive subject it may be time to stick to volleyball games and soccer scores. True journalism inspires debate. It doesn't conspire against it. It's your bat and ball, you can take it home anytime you want. As you did.
Galactic Cannibal March 30, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Hey Dude, I support freedom of speech and support your right to say what the hell you want. But between you and the Carin person, you both used this Patch thread to engage on child like name calling. No doubt that began to irritate other posters on here, as it did me. Dude the fact is there is no such thing as "absolute freed speech" , not in the U.S. not in England not anywhere. And people who call words bad or good are blocking absolute freedom of speech
Dennis Robaugh (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Our terms of use are clear in the use of profanity (literal and veiled) and offensive language. And we encourage debate on our sites. And while some exchanges can be spirited and feisty and tempers can get short, we discourage people from letting their exchanges devolve into name-calling and mocking. Some discussions get more latitude than others depending on who's doing the moderating. Every debate involves a community of users, and sometimes multiple members of the audience will suggest that a commenter has gone too far. Such is the case today. An informed user of the south suburban Patch network would know that our editors don't run scared.
Jessie Sharpton III March 31, 2012 at 03:29 AM
bummed1, Galactic Cannibal, Michael Chambers Jr., Russ Petrick, nick, Patsy Bonar, Opinion1. These are all readers that commented on the article and were challenged by Carin, by varying degrees of decorum. Most gave up and went away. I chose to take a stand. Carin made some inflammatory remarks and accusations to some of the other posters on this forum. She took on any and all that had a different opinion. Saying that someone made racist remarks is no different than calling them a racist. What would be the difference? Go ahead and review all of Carin's remarks, in context. You might be surprised. Now it's time to wish all a nice weekend. Carin's rule, Zimmerman is Hispanic and Obama is white, because that is what their mothers are. You just have to live the irony. Good night and good luck. The Patch rules!
Russ March 31, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Here is a story of a man with a similar experience as Zimmerman with a different outcome. http://www.nationofchange.org/i-was-george-zimmerman-1333115153
Sara Waters March 31, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Great story. Thanks for sharing.
pro streeter March 31, 2012 at 06:32 AM
This article was about Bobby Rush and his defiance on the floor. He along with Jesse, Al and the rest of the racists are going to bring riots to the streets. They are planning on a march in Florida and have cited a call for unrest and civil disobedience in the streets if Zimmerman isn't arrested. I don't know who made them judge and jury or gave them the right to incite violence and unrest. There were 49 shootings in Chicago on the same weekend as the trayvon Martin killing, one resulting in the death of a 6 year old white girl who was cut down on her porch in a drive by shooting by black gang members. No arrests were made. 10 people died from those shootings and not one arrest. You need to look beyond the issue and wonder what the bigger picture is. Why make suck a big deal about one murder? There are hundreds a day, black on white, white on black, mexican, chinese, japanese.... What is the big deal about this one? What are they trying to make out of this situation? Ask yourself, what is it going to lead to? Is this another way to push anti gun laws? Are they gonna take away our right to bear arms? Who cares about one 17 year old black kid dying, they die every day.... Read between the lines people!!!!!
Sara Waters March 31, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Wow. Well, I care about kids dying, no matter what age or color. No one wants to take away your right to bear arms. It's unfortunate that a person who had a prior arrest for domestic violence was able to attain a firearm. (Personally, I think if someone is charged with domestic violence they should never be allowed to carry) It is unfortunate that there wasn't someone in that neighborhood that stood up to Zimmerman or called the police to report a man with a gun "patroling" their streets. Maybe no one knew he had a gun. All of that is here nor there. The fact is a child is dead. The fact is they know who the killer was. If you've seen the News, you should have seen all the marches done in the Chicago neighborhoods in protest to the violence. The problem with the majority is that they are drive - by or gang related and witnesses do not want to come out against the gangs in fear. It is unfortunate that we live in a society where such senseless killings happen. I find it sad you do not feel empathy for a child dying because they are black.
Russ March 31, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Bobby Rush tried to make a statement about a terrible killing that occurred in Florida. Sharpton and Jackson are activists representing parents that asked them for help.I am missing the racist connection and accusation. The 49 shootings are a right wing talking point to minimize the injustice done to Trayvon.Arrests will be made if and when suspects are found. There have been 194 deaths,murders in Chicago alone since January of this year up 35% from last year. I hate senseless killing every time I hear of an innocent being killed I feel sick inside. I think of the gift that God gave me with my 4 children and I can feel the loss that all those parents,brothers ,sisters,and relatives must feel. There are people who have taken to the streets in Chicago; Father Pfleger http://www.saintsabina.org/ ;Jesse Jackson and probably Al Sharpton too.The communities of these gunshot incidents have been taking to the streets with peaceful demonstrations to take back their communities.Where is the right wing report on that. To dismiss all the pain and suffering and loss for these families as SOP is callous at the least and in my opinion makes anyone that speaks that way seem like a monster.
Russ March 31, 2012 at 07:05 AM
Sara we both agree thank you!
Sara Waters March 31, 2012 at 07:24 AM
Everyone has been commenting on Bobby Rush being hated. No one said they dislike him due to the positions he votes on, or the bills he sponsors or co-sponsors. Since 1993 he's been a Congressman. Maybe he should be judged on the job he's doing. Everyone is entitled to not like someone, but I haven't seen one person claim they disagree with his voting record or anything he's done as a public servant, just things he's done prior to his taking office and stances of violence in this country and his community. I wonder if anyone knows his voting record?
nick March 31, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I don't agree with many of Bobby Rush's votes; He voted no on HJ Res 2: balanced budget amendment. He voted no on HR 3408: oil shale. He voted no on HR 3835: extending the pay freeze for congress and federal workers. I could go on and on listing things that Bobby and I don't agree on. Bobby Rush missed 13% of roll call votes, the median is only 2.4% http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bobby_rush/400350 Big list of Bobby Rush voting record: http://www.votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/26831/bobby-rush
Robby Bush March 31, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Gee, what ever happened to Carin? Heard she was applying for a spot on Rush's campaign staff?
nick April 01, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Carin recommends going for walks to get rid of anger. I think she'll be walking for awhile.
Robby Bush April 01, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Nick, I can tell you are very astute. It's darn funny that Carin was called out about her census bureau FACTS then disappeared when she got tripped up about President Obama. And thank you for the website links. I'm sure she signed up for email notification since it seemed she would respond very quickly whenever someone responded to any of her comments. Rush cares about no one. The hoodie was a pure publicity stunt to help his election campaign. He can't even spell Trayvon Williams.
nick April 01, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Why does the Media keep posting old outdated pictures of Trayvon when he was about 12 years old? When in fact Trayvon was a couple months shy of his 18th birthday and was 6'2"
Sara Waters April 01, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Robby Bush (real creative) - It's Trayvon Martin.
Sara Waters April 01, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Nick - 6' 2" and 140 pounds.
Russ April 01, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Here is some more info on the Trayvon murder: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/31/trayvon-martin-shooting-911-call-screams_n_1394224.html?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl2|se Voice experts say the voice heard screaming on one of the 911 calls was definitely Trayvon's
Marine Sniper June 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
This no good piece of garbage is exactly that. Rush has always been a racist advocate. If membership in the new black panthers were feasible, Rush would be the first in line. He has only peddled his racism in a different mode. He was elected as a U.S.Representative because of the constituency of blacks residing in his district. They did not care of any issues he may or may not have aspired to. All that was needed was that he be of black linage. He was never an educated person. Did not even hold a high-school diploma. But he is black, and that is all that mattered. His racist stripes were shown when he pulled this fiasco. A tiger never changes it's stripes. He is still a racist at heart. He was a black panther then, served time in prison, and still a racist. But, does his constituency care? Not at all. Why? Because he is black, that's why. Semper Fi1


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