How many times can we be stunned by the stupid statements of the Left? Countless, apparently. In his commencement speech at UMass Dartmouth yesterday, Liberal U.S. Rep Barney Frank mentioned a black honorary degree recipient, Hubert Jones, then cracked a racial joke at his expense. The comment that stunned the audience into a hybrid reaction of gasping, silence, and nervous laughter was a comparison of Jones’ awarded doctoral stole to a hoodie worn by Trayvon Martin when he was shot. Barney Frank joked, “Hubie, I think now you have a hood you can wear and no one will shoot at you. So, I think you’ll feel, I hope, pretty protected by that.” What a crass and tasteless statement to make during a moment that called for reverence and respect.
Via The Daily Beast:
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CBS Local has the story:
DARTMOUTH (CBS) – Congressman Barney Frank made some controversial comments during the commencement ceremony at UMass Dartmouth on Sunday.
UMass gave awards to both Frank and civic leader Hubert Jones, who is black. When the congressman congratulated Jones for his honorary degree, Frank referenced the deadly shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida.
“I’m particularly pleased that Hubie got an honorary degree today,” said Frank. “You know when you get an honorary degree they give you one of these and Hubie, I think now you have a hood you can wear and no one will shoot at you.”