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New York Politician Wears Blackface And Afro, Doesn’t Think He’s Being Racist

“It was Purim. People dress up.”

1. This is Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat from Brooklyn.

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2. This is how Assemblyman Hikind, center, dressed up for the Jewish holiday Purim.

With his wife and son, via Facebook

Politicker reports that Hikind hired a professional makeup artist to transform him for the “basketball player” costume.

After some backlash, Hikind issued the following statement:

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.

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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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Jessica Testa at jessica.testa@buzzfeed.com
 
 
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