President Obama and other leaders are wearing hoodies in a statement against discrimination and profiling.
The Trayvon Martin case has captured the nation and many political leaders and celebrities are wearing hoodies as a way to bring attention to this tragic event – and to stop racial profiling.
Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., spoke on the House floor, putting on a hoodie and sunglasses in honor of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen shot last month.
“May God bless Trayvon Martin’s soul, his family and — [inaudible]” Rush said, just before he was removed from the House floor this morning for wearing a hoodie. Later, he was reportedly let back.
Rush was wearing a grey hoodie under his suit jacket. He took off his jacket, pulled the hood over his head and put on sunglasses while saying “racial profiling has to stop, Mr. Speaker. Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum,” he said.
Nancy Pelosi agreed:
Geraldo Rivera, who initially blamed the hoodie for the tragic event, apologized and then went on air wearing a hoodie:
Sports figures joined in.
The Miami Heat donned hoodies in support of Trayvon:
Mohammed Ali also spoke to reporters with a hoodie:
Bill Belichick has always supported the hoodie:
And even Mitt Romney is wearing a hoodie: