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Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind went so far as to hire a make-up artist to come to his home and paint his face brown for yesterday’s Purim party. Hikind, a Jewish power broker in the city, was decked out in a black wig, sunglasses, and some orange thingy for the party he threw.
He described his outfit to the New York Observer: “I was just, I think, I was trying to emulate, you know, maybe some of these basketball players. Someone gave me a uniform, someone gave me the hair of the actual, you know, sort of a black basketball player.”
The idea of being politically correct on Purim is sort of a foreign thought. If I was black and looking to change and be different—and that’s really the objective—I would have wanted to be white, just to be different. I don’t think anyone thought, imagined, or contemplated that someone would have an issue with whatever someone wants to dress up as on Purim. I never thought that if I’m white and look different, be it black, yellow, green, or blue, that someone would object to that. I can’t even imagine that. I don’t see it, I don’t get it.
If there’s someone out there who has a problem, I’m sorry if they do. They really should not. If they had been in our home for the 14 hours when hundreds and hundreds of people came, I don’t think it crossed anyone’s mind for a second. Everyone was having a good time. I don’t think anyone ever thought about black, white, or anything like that. It was just about being different. And that’s what we do on Purim.
According to Wikipedia, Purim parties celebrate “The custom of masquerading in costume and the wearing of masks probably originated among the Italian Jews at the end of the 15th-century.The concept was possibly influenced by the Roman carnival and spread across.”