Facing Pressure, Assemblyman Apologizes for Blackface Costume

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Facing increasing pressure from everyone from lawmakers in his own party to the Anti-Defamation League and the state attorney general, Assemblyman Dov Hikind went to his blog Tuesday to apologize for wearing blackface as part of a costume.

Hikind, a Brooklyn Democrat, wore blackface as part of a “black basketball player” costume at a party he hosted for the Jewish celebration of Purim on Sunday. His son had posted a picture of the costume on Facebook, and it was quickly spotted by the New York Observer.

He held a press conference outside his home Monday as news of the costume spread quickly across social media and drew criticism from his fellow Assembly Democrats and prominent New York City politicians. But he never specifically apologized for the costume, instead saying he was “sorry people were offended.”

Hikind took it a step further on Tuesday. From his blog:

“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. It genuinely pains me that I have pained any human being. That’s not who I am, not who I want to be. I sincerely hope that this note will soothe any hurt feelings.”

You can read Hikind’s full apology here.

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  1. When will NY1 Apologize for it’s NY1 WISEGUY”S and change the “NAME

    7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – Road To City Hall features Tom DiNapoli, NY1 Wiseguys with Alfonse D’Amato, Eliot Spitzer, and John Faso, and Trayvon Martin’s parents with attorney Jasmine Rand, NY1.

    The term “WISEGUY” demeans the Italian American and NO ONE WHO IS ITALIAN SHOULD BE ON THE PROGRAM

    Why no out rage about the use of the name “WISEGUYS”

    This is just another example of the double standard when it come to Italian’s

    Enrico Caruso is rolling over in his grave and so are a lot of famous Italians.

    The only Italians that the Public knows are “WISEGUYS”

    Thanks to the Hollywood, and the “MEDIA who make money selling the “WISEGUY” Image.

    What a disgrace Al D” Amato and John Faso are along with all the others who appear and PROUDLY CALL THEMSELVES

    “NEW YORS ONE WISEGUYS”

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
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    To The Moon, Mars, and Beyon

  2. Caruso vs Wiseguys

    NY1 “Wiseguy” is Anti-Italian and is demeaning the Italian community.

    CARUSO PAYS UP TO THE BLACK HAND; Tenor Said to Have …

    query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res…Enrico Caruso, the Metropolitan’s golden-voiced tenor, came back into the limelight yesterday, this time as the tractable creature of the Black Hand blackmailers.

    The Black Hand – Mafia Wiki

    mafia.wikia.com/wiki/The_Black_HandOne of the threatened victims was the tenor Enrico Caruso who received a Black Hand letter, on which a black hand and dagger were drawn, demanding $2,000 …

    This is a “WISEGIUY” check it out

    It is time to say NO to NY1 Wiseguys

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    http://www.VJMachiavelli.blogspot.com
    To The Moon, Mars, and Beyond