Hoodie in the House Leads to Shouting in the Capitol

On the floor of the House this morning, Rep. Bobby Rush's effort to call attention to the

death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin

turned into a contest of wills between the Illinois Democrat and the presiding officer because Rush donned a hoodie while speaking.

It's against the rules to wear hats in the chamber when the House is in session. But Rush slipped a hood over his head in an symbolic act of solidarity with Martin's family and supporters, who say the 17-year-old African-American was the victim of racial profiling by a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him on Feb. 26. They also argue that local police failed to appropriately investigate the claim of the shooter, George Zimmerman, that he acted in self defense.

Martin was said to have been wearing a hoodie at the time of his death. Hoodies

have become an important symbol

to those who believe an injustice was committed.

The scene today on the House floor, which you also can see

thanks to this clip at C-SPAN.org

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As Rush began to speak to the House, he removed a suit jacket to reveal that underneath he was wearing a hooded jacket.

"Racial profiling has to stop," he said. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum." It was then that Rush pulled the hood over his head and Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., who was in the presiding chair, tried to stop him.

Bang, bang, bang went the gavel. "The member will suspend!" Harper said several times.

Meanwhile, Rush turned to quotes from the Bible. It teaches us, he said in a rising voice, "to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

"The spirit of the Lord is upon because he has anointed me to proclaim the good news!" Rush continued.

Then, as he said "may God bless Trayvon Martin's soul, his family," Harper declared that Rush was no longer recognized and the lawmaker's microphone went off. Harper then reminded lawmakers of the rule about hats.

Update at 3:45 p.m. ET. Rush's Personal Experience With Tragedy.

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Thompson is always dynamic on screen, but Detroit should be more than a cardboard figure who represents rebellion as an alternative to selling out.Thompson does have one unsettling episode, a performance-art piece in which Detroit asks the audience to throw things at her. In the world of Sorry to Bother You, one of the most popular television programmes is a game show that asks contestants to be punched in the face. These scenes of violence as entertainment may feel like asides, but they are among the many strands that inform the film's not-so-different alternate reality.Such discomfiting moments are deliberate and rare. Riley shrewdly balances the serious and the comic in a timely film that manages to be both fierce and hugely entertaining.★★★★☆If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture, head over to ourFacebookpage or message us onTwitter.And if you liked this story,sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called "If You Only Read 6 Things This Week". A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.
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1. New denimLong gone are the days of stonewashed and thigh-high skimming Daisy Dukes. Denim shorts in 2019 are an altogether more sensible affair, with long-line and deceptively dark shades prevailing. Try pairing ELV Denim's knee-grazing black jean shorts (£145, net-a-porter.com) with an oversized suit jacket and kitten-heel mules and see if anyone in the office even notices they're denim. Or team Mango's black denim Bermudas with a baggy tee and crochet bucket hat for a Glastonbury look that will go the distance.(£25.99, mango.com)2. Off your bikeThe unexpected mega-trend of the year, cycling shorts are as hot in fashionland as they are on the capital's cycle superhighways. Thehelmet and the hi-vis jacket not so much, though. So to ensure you don't spend the day looking like you're mid-commute, the rest of your outfit is key. Length up top is the most flattering proposition. A super-sized shirt and white trainers is a winning weekender, or pair with little heels and a big blazer that finishes somewhere around the mid-thigh for a surprisingly easy wayto don Spandex.(£35, arket.com)3. The shorts suitAnyone still pondering the question of whether shorts are okay in the office hasn't met the right shorts suit yet. Thatperfect match may lie with House of Holland's tasty tangerine two-piece, which features a slightly asymmetric double-breasted suit jacket with drawstring waist tracksuit shorts for a Sunny Delight(ful)-hued take on the smart/casual brief (£835, houseofholland.co.uk). Or perhaps & Other Stories' lovely linen number has caught your eye, with its Mini Milk-pink oversized blazer and matching buckle-belt pleated shorts? Either way, take the plunge in anything but black, navy or grey - summer is no time for staying in the shade.(£158, stories.com)4. The boxersProbably the most intimidating suggestion on the list, the trend for wearing shorts that closely resemble a pair of your boyfriend's underpants is actually a surprisingly wearable one. For proof, see J Crew's latest campaign, which showcases a pair of striped cotton, drawstring-waist short-shorts - the sort that wouldn't look out of place while sprawled out on your sofa paired with a Sunday morning hangover - looking effortlessly chic with a crisp white shirt and striped cotton sweater. Or seek out the cotton poplin shorts from Fleur du Mal - the New York label founded by lingerie aficionado Jennifer Zuccarini - which features a bright geometric, embroidered pattern and an elasticated waist, alongside a matching corseted crop top for a cute vacay co-ord (£220, net-a-porter.com). Or for something a little more silky, opt for Stella McCartney's lace-trimmed, pale-mint negligée shorts (£450, stellamccartney.com) and pair with an XXL tie-dye T-shirt for a 2019-approved look.(£55, jcrew.com)5. Cocktail hourWe have Miuccia Prada to thank for many things but most recently it's fashion's infatuation with cocktail shorts. Hers were tailored just above the knee and cut from duchesse satin, some splashed in tie-dye, others embellished with crystal clusters. For another take on the trend, look to Matchesfashion.com label Raey and its glittering pink tinsel shorts, cut from a silk blend but lined with cotton for comfort and featuring a wide-leg fit. Dress them down with trainers and a tee or go all out with velvet sandals and a tux jacket.(£245, matchesfashion.com)6. The BermudasBermuda shorts are to holidays what piña is to colada. Le Smoking jacket connoisseur Racil has dipped a toe into more tropical waters this summer with its Hawaiian-print shorts, which are definitely more bar than beach when paired with its matching shirt. Or if you've blown the holiday budget on inflatable flamingo pool floats, Zara's flowing, floral-print Bermudas (£25.99, zara.com) will do nicely.(£412, farfetch.com)
My Family Died with My Daughter - Hannah Cornelius' Father's Heartbreaking Testimony
Willem Cornelius believes his family died with his daughter Hannah, and was buried when his wife "walked into the ocean a short time later and didn't come back", the former magistrate testified in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday."Me and my son are not a family - we are the survivors who live in the ruins of what once was," Cornelius said during sentencing proceedings of the three men who raped and murdered his daughter.LIVE: Hannah Cornelius' father testifiesCornelius' body was found on the morning of May 27, 2017, outside Stellenbosch. She was last seen alive with her friend Cheslin Marsh hours earlier, when Eben van Niekerk, Geraldo Parsons, Vernon Witbooi and Nashville Julius accosted the two students in her car in Bird Street.Marsh was stoned and left for dead near Kraaifontein, while Cornelius was raped and later stabbed at Groenhof farm.Her VW Citi Golf was used in two armed robberies, before Witbooi and Parsons were apprehended after a high-speed chase.Van Niekerk, Parsons and Witbooi were convicted on 10 charges, ranging from murder to rape.READ: 'It's not a happy day for anybody' - Hannah Cornelius Foundation after guilty verdictJulius was found guilty of robbery and kidnapping, as he had fled before his accomplices drove off with the students that night.Cornelius, before speaking of his daughter, apologised that he had not been at proceedings before, explaining that the investigating officer had taken him through the docket before the trial and he "did not feel up to going through the evidence again".'Sense of fairness and compassion'Wearing a white rose pinned to his suit jacket, Cornelius spoke proudly of his only daughter, of whom he was "immensely proud"."I suspect all parents believe their children are exceptional, and we were no different. Almost from birth, Hannah proved to be different from what we believed was the norm. There were no feeding problems, no terrible twos, no teething difficulties - in fact, the first time she cried without an obvious reason, we were so anxious we asked our family doctor to attend to her in the middle of the night."We were mortified when he informed us that she was having her first tantrum."After the birth of her autistic brother, Hannah became in a sense "part of management, with a share of duties and a say in decisions".She never gave her parents any "drama and difficulties" and excelled in school, the proud father said.His daughter was diligent, almost always cheerful and had a sense of fairness and compassion he envied, he reminisced."I recall an incident in her early teens when she gravely informed us that she did not want to attend our church anymore, as it did apparently not make provision for her Muslim friends to go to heaven," Cornelius said.Friends and family of #HannahCornelius as well as community organisation representatives carrying white roses in the gallery. @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/Bkh9vBrQCd- Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) November 8, 2018 'A remarkable child on the cusp of growing into a remarkable young woman'She declined a birthday party for her 16th birthday, because she "could not in good conscience spend money on herself while people around her were living in poverty".Instead, she made up gift packs for children for the children of the Red Hill informal settlement, and continued doing this on all her subsequent birthdays."When she enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch, Hannah informed us - somewhat to our dismay - that she had no interest in pursuing a career in law, but that she wanted to do something that would actually help people," he said.She wanted to major in languages, literature and philosophy and pursue post-graduate studies in France."The theme of helping people was a constant in her life and I understand this may have led indirectly to the reason why we are here today."Even so, both me and her mother were immensely proud of raising a child for the new South Africa, a child without the baggage of our generations, with little interest in money or material things, with no prejudice regarding race, religion or social standing. A remarkable child on the cusp of growing into a remarkable young woman."Sentencing proceedings continue.Sentencing proceedings against the men convicted of the murder of #HannahCornelius and the attempted murder of Cheslin Marsh is expected to commence shortly in the Western Cape High Court.
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