This media is reporting this as an apology, but Dov Hikind doesn’t apologize at all. But, he didn’t mena to offend anyone.
Hikind should’ve said he was dressed as a Harlan Globetrotter and maybe he could’ve pulled it off. I just think it’s hilarious for a Democrat to complain about political correctness.
Veteran New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) apologized Monday afternoon to anyone who may have been offended by his decision to show up to a Purim party dressed as a[black] basketball player , with blackface makeup and Afro wig.
“It was not meant to hurt anyone,” Hikind said at a Monday afternoon news conference, “And to those who were? I’m sorry.”
Purim is a Jewish holiday that is often celebrated with costumes. Hikind hosted a big Purim party at his home and hired a makeup artist to transform him for the occasion. He wore an orange jersey and sunglasses.
“If I had to do it over again, then I would just say ‘let me find something else that’s very, very exciting,’” Hikind said. ”Looking at it now, there are a lot of different choices. But when I made the choice, the choice was as innocent as anything in this world.”
Hikind said that his life’s work demonstrates that he is no racist.
The Anti-Defamation League released a statement condemning Hikind’s costume choice.
“Assemblyman Dov Hikind showed terrible judgment in attending a Purim party in blackface. If blacks got dressed up as Hasidim, it would be seen as equally inappropriate,” said the group’s national director Abraham Foxman.
In an earlier statement on his blog Hkind said:
“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.”
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