This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.
According to New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, on “Purim, you know, everything goes.”
For the Orthodox politician from Brooklyn, “everything” includes dressing in blackface.
Hikind, who has a vocal record when it comes to demanding respect forJewish sensitivities, appeared oblivious to the racist history behind his Purim cosmetics. The assemblyman told a reporter from Politicker he was thrilled fellow revelers didn’t recognize him beneath his thickly applied dark brown face paint and huge Afro wig.
Hikind said he’d had a professional makeup artist come to his home to transform him into an African-American basketball player. “I was just, I think, I was trying to emulate, you know, maybe some of these basketball players. Someone gave me a uniform, someone gave me the hair of the actual, you know, sort of a black basketball player,” he said.
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