Congressman Apologizes For Trayvon Joke At Graduation

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Barney Frank Trayvon MartinDARTMOUTH, Mass. — Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank (pictured) is apologizing for comments he made about the Trayvon Martin case at a weekend graduation ceremony.

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Referring to the hooded academic robe that civil rights leader Hubie Jones received at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth commencement on Sunday, the Democrat said, “You now have a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you.”

The comment drew nervous laughter and groans from the crowd.

Martin was the Florida teen who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch activist.

Frank says he made the same joke at his own expense at three other graduation ceremonies.

He says it was meant to “ridicule the notion that a hooded sweatshirt is somehow sinister.”

Jones says he didn’t think Frank meant any harm.

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