Blackface apology: NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind apologizes for wearing blackface costume at Purim party (Video)

By on Feb 26, 2013 in International, Politics, United States Comments

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind apologized on Monday, February 25, 2013 for wearing a blackface costume during a Purim party, a Jewish holiday. The Hikind blackface photo, as shown below, was posted by his son Yoni on his Facebook page last Sunday. A video of Hikind‘s blackface apology is also available below.

Dov Hikind blackface costume

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind (center),
wearing a blackface make-up

Image Credit: Yoni Hikind Facebook

As noted at that day, Dov Hikind held a small press conference in front of his house in Brooklyn, New York, and said that he is sorry for wearing an Afro wig and had his face painted brown. He was also wearing an orange jersey, which made him looked like a “black basketball player.”

According to the report, Hikind, 62, who is an Orthodox Jew lawmaker representing Brooklyn‘s Assembly District 48, had a party in his house last Sunday. He said he decided to have his blackface makeup so that he will not be recognizable to anyone. However, there were those who seemed to be offended with his idea.

“Anyone who was offended by the outfit that I was wearing on Purim yesterday … it was not meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone in any fashion. That is not what I am all about for the past 31 years in pub office and before that.” Assemblyman Dov Hikind told reporters, noting that he has been doing this for years.

“Anyone who was offended, I’m sorry that they were offended. That was not the intention and that’s really all I can say. I just have to reiterate, it was Purim. Purim is when people get dressed up and try to look different.” Hikind added, whose wife can be seen in the photo wearing a red devil costume.

“Yes, I wore a costume on Purim and hosted a party. Most of the people who attended also wore costumes. Everywhere that Purim was being celebrated, people wore costumes. It was Purim. People dress up.” Assemblyman Hikind wrote on his personal blog this Monday, before the press conference.

“I am intrigued that anyone who understands Purim—or for that matter understands me—would have a problem with this. This is political correctness to the absurd. There is not a prejudiced bone in my body.” Hikind noted, with his son Yoni also defending his father on his Facebook page.

“So sad how this is being turned around. My dad doesn’t have a prejudice bone in his body. Anyone that knows him knows that. Bottom line is this. Absolutely nothing about his costume was meant to in any way offend anybody.” Yoni Hikind wrote on his Facebook page.

NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind, apologizing for wearing blackface costume at Purim party
Video Credit: gifterphotos/YouTube/VinNews

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