Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

A Hood on the Head does not mean a Hoodlum in the Head

Mar 28, 2012
Press Release

CONTACT: Rev. Stanley Watkins
(202) 225-4372 office

WASHINGTON — Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) delivered the following statement on the House floor today to emphasize the issue of racial profiling and its consequences:

Mr. Speaker, the death of Trayvon Martin is an American tragedy.

Too often this violent act is repeated in the streets of our nation.

Racial 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.

The Bible teaches us in Micah 6:6-8, these words, “He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

And in the New Testament, Luke 4:18-20 teaches us these words: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”

I urge all who hear these words to heed this lesson.  May God bless Trayvon Martin’s soul, his parents and family, and may God bless us all.