Trayvon Martin’s parents commend Bobby Rush after wearing hoodie on House floor

Video: Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, speak with The Washington Post's Sari Horwitz about how they first heard of their son's death, news of Trayvon's troubles at school and their reaction to Rep. Bobby Rush's (D-Ill.) speech on the House floor today.

Trayvon Martin’s parents said they were moved by the actions of Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill), who wore a hoodie on the house floor Wednesday while talking about racial profiling. They met with him Tuesday to discuss their son’s case, but had no idea he was going to don a hoodie and speak about the case from the floor of the House.

“I’d like to commend Congressman Rush for pleading our case,” said Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin.

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Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) wore a hoodie on the House floor while speaking on the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) wore a hoodie on the House floor while speaking on the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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In an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, respond to the actions taken by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on the House floor Wednesday to encourage lawmakers to stop racial profiling.

In an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, respond to the actions taken by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on the House floor Wednesday to encourage lawmakers to stop racial profiling.

While Rush was speaking, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin were meeting with a group of Washington Post editors and reporters to discuss the shooting.

When they were shown a videotape of Rush’s speech after the meeting, they said they were extremely touched by Rush’s actions and were perplexed by why he was interrupted and not allowed to continue discussing racial profiling. They both said they believe their son was killed because of racial profiling.

“Why wasn’t Congressman Rush allowed to address racial profling?” Martin asked. ”This is something that needs to be talked about...This is a country of freedom of speech.”

 
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