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A Hood On The Head Does Not Mean A Hoodlum In The Head

Today, U.S. Representative Bobby Rush wore a hooded sweatshirt on the floor of Congress and delivered the following message:

“The death of Trayvon Martin is an American tragedy. Too often this violent act is repeated in the streets of our nation.

bobby rush and treyvon martinRacial profiling has to stop. Just because someone wears a hoodie, does not make them a hoodlum. Just because someone is young and wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum. Just because someone is a young black male and wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.

A hood on the head does not mean a hood in the head.

I applaud the young people across this nation who are making a statement about hoodies and the real hoodlums particularly those who tread on our laws wearing official or quasi-official cloaks.”

Then, U.S. Capitol Police escorted Congressman Rush away from the podium. His crime: Wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

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