No Assembly punishment for Hikind for Purim costume


Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said yesterday that he doesn’t plan to strip Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-Brooklyn, of his leadership post after Hikind wore a blackface basketball costume to a Purim party Sunday.

Hikind has apologized for the costume in interviews and on his blog. The outfit drew outrage from black lawmakers and Silver and led to a skit on the Daily Show.

“I think that Mr. Hikind has realized that his actions were wrong, and they were insensitive and he has apologized sincerely for them,” Silver told reporters. “And I think at this point, that should be suffice.”

Hikind has served in the Assembly for 30 years and is the assistant majority leader. He earns a $19,500 stipend for the position, on top of his $79,500 salary.

“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,” Hikind wrote. “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.”


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  1. Memo to Bob Hardt and NY1 News and all those who are Italian and are NY1 WiseGuys aka NY1 Black Hand


    Dark Legacy
    David Pacchioli
    May 1, 2004

    Five years ago, while researching the Italian-American experience, filmmaker Heather Hartley stumbled onto one of the uglier episodes in American history: the lynching of 11 Italians in New Orleans in March of 1891. Like most Americans, Hartley, assistant professor of communications at Penn State, had never heard of the incident. Intrigued, she resolved to make it the focus of a short film.

    As she proceeded, however, Hartley’s research turned up another lynching of Italians, then another. “The more I looked, the more I uncovered,” she remembers. Accounts told of lynchings in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Colorado, Kentucky, Illinois, Washington, and New York between the years of 1885 and 1915, some 50 killings in all.

    To Hartley, these incidents seemed clearly of a piece with a sorrowful, and much larger, legacy—one involving mostly African Americans as victims. But this was a part of the story that hadn’t been told. Her resolve to correct that situation has resulted in the documentary Linciati: Lynchings of Italians in America.


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