African-American Congressman Is Escorted From House Floor For Wearing A ‘Hoodie’ (VIDEO)

Anyone who has studied the emergence of Christianity knows all too well that in its early years, most of the followers of Jesus Christ were affiliated with the Jewish community of Israel. Over time, the followers of Jesus and the Jews who rejected him as the messiah, attempted to differentiate themselves from one another in pronounced ways. Two examples of Christian efforts to distinguish themselves was to change the Sabbath day from Saturday to Sunday and to reject the long-held Jewish tradition of covering the head while in prayer as a sign of love and respect for the “High Power” that is God.

As such, most churches over the centuries have required men to uncover their heads upon entering the sanctuary. In many western countries where Christians made up a majority of the population, the practice of asking men to remove their hats in “public buildings” has been incorporated as standard policy.

This morning, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-ILL) sought to make an impassioned speech on the floor of the Republican controlled House of Representatives. Rush wanted to plea with America to stop profiling African-American men. Towards that end, Rush employed a bit of theatrics: he donned a hooded sweatshirt to make the point that our society needs to stop “assuming” that articles of clothing suggest anything nefarious about people: “Racial profiling has to stop,” Rush said. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.”

The presiding officer in the House, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), was having none of this. He continually interrupted Rush and ultimately asked the Sargent at Arms to escort Representative from the floor of the House: “The chair must remind members that clause 5 of rule 17 prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session,” Harper said after Rush left. “The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”

Was Rep. Rush showing disrespect for the policies and practices of the American congress, or, was he utilizing props to make a dramatic point? No doubt, the fact that Bobby Rush happens to be an elder black Democrat and Harper is a white Republican from Mississippi didn’t escape observers of this sad spectacle taking place in the “peoples house.”

Here’s the video: