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Dov Hikind is a Very Odd Duck

(This is a post I made on Facebook earlier today)

Holy hell what is wrong with people?

I am one of those who believe that the best of people can do something racist and not be a racist. They feel and express true remorse for what they did/said.

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind I’m not so sure about. He decided to dress as a black basketball player at a Purim party held at his home. He wore black face. Let’s sit with that one a moment. Blackface. As in Al Jolson and old timey minstrel shows.

He finally issued an apology today, "I am sincerely sorry that I have hurt anyone. I apologize for the pain that I have caused anyone by this incident, and by any remarks that I have made in connection with it". Personally I found it a bit anemic in the face of all some of the statements he made before

Let's take a look of some his other statements since the story broke. These are all direct quotes:

From his official blog in a post (that is still up) entitled, "It's 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.

He told local radio news 880 WCBS, "“If I was black, on Purim I would have made my face look like I was white"

On the Internet talk show the assemblyman said, "Maybe I would be a gay person on -- by the way, would that be OK, Zev? If I played a gay person next year?"

And Finally a direct quote he made that was reported in today's New York Times, "Next year I was thinking I’d be an Indian,” he said. “But you know, I’ve changed my mind about that. I don’t think that’s a good idea. Somebody will be offended.”

You can never truly know what is in someone heart and mind but I'm sensing that despite his apology, he still doesn't get why people were offended by his donning blackface.

Ho-ly Hell, what is wrong with people?


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Feb. 28th, 2013 07:49 am (UTC)
The thing I find very telling here is that he said he was sorry that he hurt people and sorry that he caused pain, but he did not say that he was sorry for what he did or indicate that he feels in any way that it was wrong. It sounds like a CYA apology, the kind of apology celebrities give when they are hoping that people will just forget about what they said and move onto something else.

I'm not Jewish, but I am familiar with the concept of Purim (to celebrate Queen Esther and Mordecai's foiling of Haman's plans). People do dress up in costumes, but dressing up in costumes doesn't necessarily mean blackface. They wear masks and masquerade, but painting your face doesn't seem to be a significant part of the festivities.

He doesn't sound at all sorry or like he understands why what he did was fucked up. Seems more bitter that people are even upset with him about it in the first place.
Mar. 1st, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
I've been to a Purim party and is was a lot like Halloween with some kick ass hamantaschen. Not a bit of blackface in the place. He's just sorry he got caught.

And to show the crowd he runs with, he only got caught because his son posted a picture on FaceBook and someone saw it and leaked it to the press. Obviously this wasn't a problem to anyone in his social circle.
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