Just hours after Rep. Bobby rush (D-IL) was yanked from the House floor for violating rules by wearing a Hoodie during a fiery speech, the parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin have responded. And they're applauding the move.
"First of all, I'd like to commend Congressman Rush for pleading our case," Martin's father, Tracy, told the Washington Post. "My question would be, why wasn't Congressman Rush allowed to address racial profiling?"
"He should have been able to express-- this is a country of freedom of speech. He should have been able to express what he really felt," he added later.
The parents also said they met with Rush yesterday to discuss racial profiling:
The answer to Tracy Martin's question seems to be that Rush wasn't barred from talking about racial profiling because of the topic, but rather broke the House rules against wearing hats by donning the hoodie. That's not an affront on free speech, but rather enforcing the rules of the chamber that all members must subscribe to.