Over the weekend, New York Assemblyman, Dov Hikind hosted a party for Purim, which began at nightfall on February 23 and ended on Sunday, February 24 at sundown.
Though it is normal for people to wear costumes in celebration of the Jewish holiday, Dov’s has caused quite a stir. The Brooklyn lawmaker showed up with his face painted black, wearing an Afro wig.
His son, 32-year-old Yoni Hikind, later posted a picture of his father in Blackface with the wig, sunglasses and an orange jersey, accompanied by his mother who was wearing a devil costume, on Facebook with the caption, “How cool are my folks… Lol.”
According to Politicker, the elder Hikind said he was “trying to emulate, you know, some of these basketball players.”
Dov insisted he meant no disrespect with the outfit and that it was intended only to be funny and unexpected.
“Someone gave me a uniform; someone gave me the hair of the actual, you know, sort of a Black basketball player,” Dov said. “It was just a lot of fun. Everybody just had a very, very good time and every year I do something else,” Dov told Politicker.
Dov Hikind apologized Monday morning at a news conference held outside his home, reiterating that he meant no harm, and pledging to be more careful in the future.
Watch Dov’s apology below.
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