The frightening event, captured on C-SPAN so racists everywhere can share the fear, happened this morning (March 28) when black Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), a black man who is black, took the floor to address his colleagues.
Think Progress recounts the moment of horror:
As Rush spoke about the murder and racial profiling, he removed his suit jacket to reveal a grey hoodie, while saying, “just because someone wears a hoodie, [it] does not make them a hoodlum.” Rush flipped up the hood, put on a pair of sunglasses, and began reciting Bible verses, prompting Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), acting as speaker, to bang his gavel and demand that Rush stop speaking. “The member is out of order,” Harper scolded. “The member is no longer recognized.”
Imagine the nervousness. A scary black man in a hoodie, reading Bible verses. Who knows what he might have been up to? Was he carrying a gun? You know that's why these scary black people wear these hoodies, right?
No, it's not a fashion statement. Haven't you been paying attention? Geraldo Rivera and Bill O'Reilly warned us. If you wear a hoodie, it means you are either a "gangsta" or a "gangsta wannabe". There's all sorts of places to hide things in those hoodies, like guns, or bags of Skittles or large cans of iced tea.
To a suspicious white America, how are we supposed to keep tabs on all these scary black people if we can't see their faces because of their hoodies and we can't tell whether or not they have guns or cans of tea they can throw at us?
Thank goodness the brave, largely white Republican membership of the House of Representatives rarely quail (or they conceal it if they do).
“The chair will ask the Sargent of Arms to enforce the prohibition on decorum,” Harper said. “Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”
Afterwards, we understand, there was a brief recess so Republicans could change their pants and their chairs could be wiped dry.
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