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.