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New York Politician Wears Blackface And Afro, Doesn't Think He's Being Racist

"It was Purim. People dress up."

Posted on February 25, 2013, at 1:34 p.m. ET

This is Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat from Brooklyn.

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This is how Assemblyman Hikind, center, dressed up for the Jewish holiday Purim.

With his wife and son, via Facebook

With his wife and son, via Facebook

Politicker reports that Hikind hired a professional makeup artist to transform him for the "basketball player" costume.

After some backlash, Hikind issued the following statement:

Yes, I wore a costume on Purim and hosted a party. Most of the people who attended also wore costumes. Everywhere that Purim was being celebrated, people wore costumes. It was 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.