Can’t we all just agree that there is never, ever an appropriate place for blackface?
We just don’t understand why these politicians and other folks set themselves up to be called racist then act surprised when people actually do!
Via NYDailyNews reports:
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind was sharply criticized Monday for dressing up in blackface and a large Afro wig to a Purim holiday party he hosted on Sunday.
Hikind said the costume, which also included dark sunglasses and a bright orange basketball jersey, was part of a “good fun” celebration of the festive Jewish holiday.
“Yes, I wore a costume on Purim and hosted a party,” Hikind wrote on his blog Monday morning.
“Most of the people who attended also wore costumes. Everywhere that Purim was being celebrated, people wore costumes. It was Purim. People dress up.”
Hikind added he was “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.”
But a Brooklyn city councilman, Democrat Charles Barron, said of the costume, “It is racist.” Barron dismissed Hikind’s comments justifying the get-up.
“That is a bunch of crap. He is trying to justify his racism,” Barron said.
Barron added: “If he wanted to find somebody who liked strange wild and crazy, he should look in the mirror. He didn’t have to pick on us.”
A photo of Hikind in the costume was posted on his Facebook page before being removed Monday morning.
Hikind told the website Politicker, which first reported that he wore the costume, that a professional makeup artist came to his home to apply the makeup, which proved difficult to remove afterward. The assemblyman said he spent more than 30 minutes in the shower scrubbing his face and still could not remove all of it.
“I came out and I wiped my face and I still had stuff on my face. It’s going to take me a while,” the assemblyman explained. “But it’s all worth it, I would do it again in a minute.”.
SMH @ “I would do it again in a minute.” Those need to be his final words as a politician. Don’t vote for this idiot.