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.”