Political correctness and decorum rules gone overboard:
Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., was escorted off the U.S. House floor today for wearing a hoodie as he protested the shooting of Trayvon Martin.The lawmaker called for a full investigation into the death of Trayvon, a Florida teenager shot last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer. The 17-year-old’s death has become a cause celebre, sparking a national conversation about racial profiling and “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws.
“Racial profiling has to stop,” Rush said. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.”
The House has strict rules about what lawmakers can wear on the floor. Rep. Greg Harper, R-Miss., who was presiding over the chamber when Rush was speaking, cited Clause 5 of Rule 17 which “prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session.” Harper said wearing a hoodie was “not consistent with this rule.”
Rush, first elected in 1992, was among the House members who attended a Capitol Hill forum yesterday with Trayvon’s parents. Rush founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers in 1968. His son was shot to death in 1999.
The hoodie has become a symbol of support for Trayvon. Miami Heat stars LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and their teammates wore hooded sweatshirts and posed for pictures wearing the garments as part of the “We Are Trayvon” campaign.
At least he was not shot. Here is the video:
And talk about selective enforcement – where was the outrage or removal of Republican congressman Don Young who wore a propeller cap to ridicule President Obama’s energy policy?