Representative Rush wears hoody on Congressional floor

Hours after former Black Panther and now representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) was removed from the House of Representatives floor for wearing inappropriate clothing--a hoodie with its hood covering his scalp, ears and neck plus sunglasses, a nod to the tragic death of Trayvon Martin--the following occurred in his Congressional district and neighboring districts.

Except for a few incidents the victims and the perpetrators all resembled the (would be) sons of Rush, Reverend Al Sharpton and President Barack Obama and the Reverend Jesse Jackson. The latter two have homes not too far from most of these events.

"Three men killed in West Woodlawn apartment" 

"Man accused of hanging dog by tire from tree" 

"Violence in Chicago leaves 3 injured, one dead in shootings, stabbings" 

"Man charged with murder after turning himself in at South Side church"

"Homeowner, 80, charged in shooting of burglar: 'Unjust that I can't protect me' " 

"3 teens shot in Marquette Park"

As Melanie Kowalski pointed out yesterday, blacks suffer excessively from crime mostly caused by other blacks, rarely by whites or other races or ethnicities.

Is it any wonder that Reverend Jesse Jackson once admitted to an Operation PUSH meeting almost 20 years ago

There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.... After all we have been through. Just to think we can't walk down our own streets, how humiliating.

No, Reverend Jackson, it isn't humiliating, it is tragic. It is tragic for the parents of Trayvon Martin, it is tragic for Jennifer Hudson and her family and it is tragic for the thousands of less famous black innocent victims and their families who suffer so deeply, so painfully and so constantly.

So instead of blaming racism and pulling media stunts all of these hoody wearing protesters should look closer to home, their own home, starting perhaps with the unhappy statistic that more than 70% of black children are born out of wedlock and raised in fatherless homes, much higher than white children.

It won't garner media attention, it is much harder to do but the benefits are enormous.


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