Assemblyman Dov Hikind Dons Black Face At A Purim Party

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Assemblyman Dov Hikind (center) with his wife and son. Source: Facebook via Politicker

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents the largely Orthodox Jewish district of Borough Park, donned a black-face costume for a marathon 14-hour Purim party held inside his home, according to a report by Politicker.

The outfit, which Hikind described as a “basketball player,” did not seem like a bad idea to the assemblyman.

“I can’t imagine anyone getting offended. You know, anyone who knows anything about Purim knows that if you walk throughout the community, whether it’s Williamsburg, Boro Park, Flatbush, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, people get dressed up in, you name it, you know, in every kind of dress-up imaginable,” Hikind told Politicker.

Black people commenting on the Politicker website were less that amused by Hikind’s choice of costume.

“He hardly even looks like a basketball player, and there are white basketball players, too,” said Guilienne Rollins-Rison. “What player do u know has an afro like that? If he was dressing up as a specific individual and decided to do blackface, that’s one thing (bad enough but still)… but generally… this is unacceptable. Also, it’s not, regardless of what he says, in the spirit of Purim.”

Commenter LS Bell added: “Some people will never get it…,” while Jervonne Singletary was even more succinct in her disapproval, commenting: “Really…”

Hikind’s colleagues are also weighing in on Hikind’s questionable party attire.

Councilman David Greenfield told Gothamist, “I disagree with him. He should’ve known better.”

Assemblyman Karim Camara, chairman of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, said he is “deeply shocked and outraged.”

“We, as leaders have to be extremely careful that we foster understanding amongst our different cultural groups and not use the images of one as a tool for humor. In speaking with many African Americans both leaders and average citizens, the outrage is widespread,” he told Politicker.

Hikind responded to the early round of criticism by claiming that it was “political correctness to the absurd.”

As more people learn about Hikind’s costume of choice, we’ll see if he still feels in a couple of days that “It’s all worth it, I would do it again in a minute.”

  • a good neighbor

    never knew Jewish also celebrate Halloween like festival.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/richardstarr Richard Starr

    I do agree that part of it a matter of political correctness.
    That said, it was less than bright for a politician to put on that kind of
    makeup. Better a fictional creation like the wife and son were wearing.

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  • Stan

    Get with it everyone. The devil made him do it.LOL!

  • Jenny

    how ironic that Jewish leaders were just complaining that Ted at the Oscars was being “Anti Semitic” for saying that Jews own Hollywood, and here, Councilman Hikind is donning a Black Face Basketball player? How inappropriate. He should apologize for being inappropriate.

    • ES

      He is an Assemblyman.

  • EndofDaze

    Now the world knows, what every thoughtful person from Borough Park has known for the past thirty years about Dov Hikind! He is an asshole! He has been an embarassment to pretty much all the elevated people who once proudly called Borough Park their home, and to many who still reside there today. Because of the profound change in demographics within the past thirty years, Borough Park, still a fine community, which once gave the world the likes of Gene Barry, Alan Dershowitz, the reknowned Harvard lawyer, former Borough President Howard Golden, Sandy Koufax, Robert Merrill, Dom Deluise, Art Modell, Buddy Hackett, and John Saxon, has been saddled with a clown like Hikind during this time. He is an insult to the spirit of the Torah, and Brooklyn College, which he supposedly graduated from. Why the media has always turned to this imbecile, who doesn’t even represent the overwhleming majority of Jews in New York City, for comment on matters of the day, has always left this observer flummoxed?! He should resign!!!

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      “Elevated people”?

  • John_Ghead

    Although it certainly follows his character (or lack of), I’m STILL amazed that Dov will not even “lower” himself to apologize, even after all the uproar! He is something else.
    The fact that he still defends himself and states that he feels that he did nothing wrong shows you how much of a hypocrite he is. Myopic, short-sighted and self-centered.

    He truly is an embarrassment as an example of an elected official in our city.

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  • ROSENBERG

    Bernhard Rosenberg · Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth El
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Hikind is a politician who while he used bad judgment , I DOUBT INTENTIONALLY SOUGHT such bad publicity and outrage. He is not anti-black and this is becoming an issue that anti-Semites will grab onto. Stop the bad publicity. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    • John_Ghead

      Get over yourself Rabbi.
      Dov panders to the lowest common denominator. His career has been built on this, and NOW he gets what he has been dishing out.
      Sadly you seem to be blinded by the fact that we are talking about a Jewish man, because if this was about, let’s say, an Italian politician like Governor Cuomo, who dressed up as a Rabbi for Halloween, I’m SURE you’d be singing a different tune.
      So I say to you: “enough is enough”.

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