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Published:March 28th, 2012 16:10 EST
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Hoodies As Symbol Of Solidarity With Trayvon Martin's Family

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush, of Illinois, was escorted off of the House floor on Wednesday after donning a hoodie and sunglasses in honor of slain teenager Trayvon Martin."

CBSNEWS.Com

Rep. Brown violated a violated a rule in Congress that prohibits wearing a  hat on the House floor.

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The congressman engaged in a silly publicity stunt that will do nothing to advance justice for Trayvon Martin or find a solution for the race problem in America.

Trayvon was wearing a hoodie, probably as protection against the rain, when he was gunned down by wannabe cop George Zimmerman.

But regardless if Trayvon was wearing the hoodie so he wouldn`t get wet or as a fashion statement, wearing the garment didn`t give anyone the right to gun him down as a likely thug.

Hoodies may be donned by some gangstas so they won`t be readily recognized, but it has become the ubiquitous uniform of teens of every ethnicity and economic level.

The hoodie has become a symbol of solidarity with the Martin Family following the killing of their son. Hundreds of protesters across the nation have participated in "Million Hoodie Marches" demanding justice for the teen`s killing and condemning racial profiling.

An adult wearing a hoodie looks ridiculous, even when he wears one as a means of expressing solidarity with Trayvon`s family.

Rep. Rush should stop engaging in cheap publicity stunts, and spend his time writing bills that address the problems of racism and gun violence.

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