NY lawmaker Hikind apologizes for Purim blackface

By JTA
February 26, 2013 10:11

 
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Dov Hikind, a New York state assemblyman, apologized after coming under criticism for dressing up in blackface for Purim.

"I'm sorry people were offended," Hikind said Monday at a news conference outside his Brooklyn home, according to the New York Daily News. "In hindsight, I should have picked something else. It never crossed my mind for a split second that I was doing something wrong." A photo of Hikind dressed in a black wig and wearing dark makeup had been posted on Facebook. He is flanked by his wife, dressed as a demon, and son, who is sporting yin-yang facial makeup.

"I am deeply shocked and outraged by the insensitive actions of Assemblyman Hikind, to dress as a black basketball player complete with tanned skin and an Afro wig,” said Hikind's fellow Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman Karim Camara, the chairman of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, in a statement picked up by New York media.

The Anti-Defamation League blasted Hikind's costume as showing "terrible judgement."

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