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Dov Hikind dons blackface for Purim

Assemblyman Dov Hikind dons blackface for Purim

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Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D–Borough Park) turned a holiday into a national outrage after dressing up in blackface for Purim — and then defending it.

The Orthodox Jewish power broker posted a Facebook photo of himself celebrating the Jewish holiday dressed up, he said, as a basketball player in an orange jersey, an Afro wig, sunglasses, and brown makeup on his face — a costume more befitting a 19th century minstrel show than a politician’s holiday celebration.

“It was just a lot of fun,” Hikind told the New York Observer’s Hunter Walker, who first reported the story, about the costume for which he hired a make-up artist.

The pol’s antiquated behavior quickly drew the scorn of the city’s political establishment, drawing rebukes from mayoral candidates Bill DeBlasio, Bill Thompson, Christine Quinn, Sal Albanese, members of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus of the New York City Council and the Anti-Defamation League, among others.

“[T]he history of the blackface minstrel show is something deeply painful in the African-American community,” said Assemblyman Karim Camara (D–Crown Heights), the chairman of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, who told the New York Times he was “shocked and outraged,” by the Hikind’s actions. “[T]he stereotypes embodied in blackface minstrels have played a significant role in cementing and proliferating racist images, attitudes and perceptions.”

Making matters worse, the controversial politician doubled down on his dubious behavior in a blog post titled “It’s Purim. People dress up.”

“I am intrigued that anyone who understands Purim — or for that matter understands me — would have a problem with this,” wrote Hikind. “This is political correctness to the absurd.”

Hikind is be no stranger to the concept of ethnic insensitivity, real or perceived.

The politician regularly goes on morally outraged crusades against those he perceives as anti-Semitic, recently at Brooklyn College or two weeks ago, when he took to task a designer with a troubled history for dressing similarly to a Hasidic Jew for fashion week — a bit of hypocrisy not lost on his critics.

“On multiple occasions you have come out to loudly defend the Jewish community against real and perceived indignities. Now that the proverbial shoe is on the other foot, why should there be a different standard?” wrote Councilman Jumaane Williams (D–Flatbush) in a letter to the assemblyman, noting the history of racist stereotypes perpetuated against both blacks and Jews.

Some political pundits suggested that the insensitivity behind the costume gaffe was characteristic of the Borough Park pol.

“Dov Hikind wearing blackface comes as a surprise to all and only those unfamiliar with Dov Hikind,” wrote Slate writer Matt Yglesias on Twitter.

The “blackface” style of face makeup was pioneered in racist minstrel shows that began in the 1830’s, in which white actors would paint their faces with burnt cork and portray insulting stereotypes about African-Americans.

Hikind partially apologized at a press conference hastily put together at his Midwood home yesterday afternoon.

“[I]t was not meant to in any way hurt anyone,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “And those that were? I’m sorry. That was not my intention.”

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.

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Mo from Bk says:
That is neither a black face, nor a basketball player, but of course, those who wanted to nail Hikind didn't let that stop them from using it as a pretext.

Will dressing up on Halloween now be prohibited?
Feb. 26, 2013, 2:25 am
Joe from PH says:
Mo -- How is that not blackface?! Why, because it's not a mistral-style blackface? Yeah, everyone is just trying to "nail" Hikind. Jesus wept.
Feb. 26, 2013, 10:19 am
Judahspechal from Bedstuy says:
Hikind the extremely sensitive being very insensitive. Remember that designer Mr.Hikind?
Feb. 26, 2013, 10:30 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
He IS a biggoteg hatmonger. What more can you expect?
Feb. 26, 2013, 10:44 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
He IS a biggoteg hatmonger. What more can you expect?
Feb. 26, 2013, 10:44 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Dov explained that it wasn't black face, it was just schwartzes zifferblatt.
Feb. 26, 2013, 1:03 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Overall though, in the picture I do think Dov looks much better than he usually does.
Feb. 26, 2013, 1:04 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Sho Nuff!
Feb. 26, 2013, 2:49 pm
JAY from NYC says:
Disgusting and vile. Can't wait for Tal to comment on this and claim this is all just a bunch of Israel hatters.
Feb. 26, 2013, 5:56 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First off, this has nothing to do with Israel, so leave that out of here. More importantly, I don't see how what he dressed up as was being racist. I say that as long as he wasn't actually doing this intentionally to insult the Black community, he did nothing wrong. However, it feels that ever since he had his position on certain issues such as Israel and bike lanes, the tabloids have looked at any chance to attack him. I am glad that I don't follow into Tabloid Nation, because they are just looking for any kind of attention. BTW, there are other minority groups that dress up as others, but I don't hear any cries for racism on those.
Feb. 26, 2013, 6:07 pm
Mustachio Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
I doubt Tal has any idea who this a=clown is. Dov doesn't talk about bikes and kept quiet about Barclays.
Feb. 26, 2013, 6:10 pm
JAY from NYC says:
no Tal I won't leave it out of here, you don't get to shut me or anyone else up. It ABSOLUTELY does have to do with Israel because this is the same guy that you thanked for standing up to the people, who you called neo-nazis, that came to Brooklyn college. Its shows who is really what.
Feb. 26, 2013, 6:42 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- I've known this for some time, but this comment really underscores how very stupid and painfully ignorant you are. Please, please ask your mom if you can go outside to play. I think you need some fresh air.
Feb. 26, 2013, 7:10 pm
ty from pps says:
All I have to say is that I really really really hope that whenever Dov Hikind engages in his usual brand of "outrage," folks trot out this photo EVERY TIME.

He'll keep getting reelected by his fellow ignorant and self-righteous constituents, but I hope this makes the rest of our other gutless lawmakers think twice before jumping on the next Dov Hikind outrage train.
Feb. 26, 2013, 7:16 pm
JAY from NYC says:
I personally think the feds need to investigate this voting district for voting rights and civil rights violations the way they do to states in the south that have patterns of discrimination at the polls.
Feb. 26, 2013, 7:22 pm
Trey Dooley from WT says:
I want to scare people next Purim: I'm dressing as Dov Hikind.
Feb. 26, 2013, 7:35 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
"He'll keep getting reelected by his fellow ignorant and self-righteous constituents,"

I highly doubt what he dressed up as will affect him in the next election when it's the issues that play the real role here.
Feb. 26, 2013, 9:09 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Tal

What are you wacked?? "I say that as long as he wasn't actually doing this intentionally to insult the Black community, he did nothing wrong"

What if someone painted a swastika on their house but didn't intentionally insult the Jewish community? Wound that make it not raciest?

Go away Tal
Feb. 26, 2013, 9:10 pm
JAY from NYC says:
yes Tal it will be a great day when the party, who historically has been committed to civil rights and equality, in one of the most heavily diverse areas in the entire planet, elects a guy to office dressing up in racist garb.
The area will be a laughing stock on par with candidates who say that rape is god's will, because that certainly is no issue right? That won't come up in the next election at all will it?
As for issues, provide proof Tal the people who came to Brooklyn College are neo-nazis as you stated, still waiting Tal for you to talk about that issue.
Feds need to investigate this area of Brooklyn. After hearing all the reports of how people are harassed on the buses in this area because of their gender, and Nechemya Weberman, and his goons attempting to intimidate witnesses in a child rape case, and the reports of modesty squads breaking into peoples homes to "confiscate" Ipads, editing women out of pictures in Hebrew newspapers, and now this Dov Hikind stuff?
This to me sounds reminiscent of Mississippi in the 60s, minus the murders, so far anyway. Maybe its all a misunderstanding but this stuff keeps coming up over and over and it looks like a pattern to me.
Feb. 26, 2013, 9:30 pm
JAY from NYC says:
there is this story form 2011 as well, the artilce seems to be saying that some locals were protecting him from being found and bought back to justice. story below link at http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-hasidic-man-lam-israel-racial-beating-extradited-article-1.976059

A Brooklyn Hasidic man will soon be shipped back from Israel to answer charges that he beat up a police officer’s son in a racially motivated attack.

A Jerusalem court Thursday approved the extradition of Yitzhak Shuchat, 28, who’s been indicted for assault as a hate crime and other counts for the alleged baton beatdown of Andrew Charles in 2008.

The suspect’s flight from prosecution was exclusively reported by the Daily News.

“That’s great. My son is finally getting the justice he deserves,” the victim’s father, Moses Charles, told The News upon hearing of the court’s ruling. “The system is actually working.”

The elder Charles, an NYPD officer, has railed against Shuchat’s hiding in plain sight in Israel.

Shuchat, who was a member of the Shmira civilian patrol, is accused of using a wooden stick to pummel Charles, a black man who was 20 then, in Crown Heights.

The suspect's whereabouts only became known a year ago after a member of a rival patrol believed he was being harassed by him from overseas. A private investigator then easily located Shuchat living in Lod, a Tel Aviv suburb.

He was finally busted in May, 2011, three years after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He fled to Israel through Canada in May 2008.

A number of his relatives, reached in Israel Thursday, declined to comment.

It’s not clear when Shuchat, who has been under house arrest, will arrive back in Brooklyn.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-hasidic-man-lam-israel-racial-beating-extradited-article-1.976059#ixzz2M3y0nJud
romNY daily news.
Feb. 26, 2013, 9:35 pm
JAY from NYC says:
Dov Hikind is also against gay marriage and voted against it and it has been reported he was a member of the Jewish defense League, which was identified by the FBI as a terrorist organization.
He was also charged by the FBI for embezzling money, but he beat those charges,
He also it is reported voiced support for 5 Jewish teenagers who were charged with hate crimes.
So Tal those are the issues for the next election.
Feb. 26, 2013, 9:51 pm
Stu Pidkike says:
From Hikind's blog:

"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."

So says the hateful radical extremist and blind follower of terrorist Meir Kahane.
Feb. 26, 2013, 9:59 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Sorry JAY, but every politician has a bad past, and many have been given clean slates. Would you not want George Washington to be president after being such an arrogant general who was even known for leaving some of the soldiers in the cold if they questioned him? Do not be surprised if politicians such as Anthony Weiner or Eliot Spitzer return to office and win easily despite what they did not that long ago. It's sort of the reason why an employer or boss can't refuse to hire someone just because they were a convicted felon, or lots of people would never be hired just because of that. This is why many give these people the benefit of the doubt. Since he wasn't charged for the crimes you mentioned, he is cleared on that, plus he isn't part of the groups he was part of originally. Overall, all politicians have skeletons in the closet, so nobody is perfect, but many see what they can do now rather than what they had then. If they have changed, then good for them, otherwise they are just the same old. On a side note, Menachem Begin, who became an Israeli PM, was part of the Irgun, but he left the group long after the Israeli War of Independence as the rest of the group disbanded since then.
Feb. 26, 2013, 10:13 pm
JAY from NYC says:
Tal you seem know nothing about the military, you have not served, (my understanding from TY is you purposely avoided serving) is that correct, did you ever serve?
I ask because you clearly have no idea about military facts, and you know nothing about what a commander needs to do. or concepts like force protection and chain of command.
If you are a soldier you don't question a general, generally that will get you thrown in jail, if not shot, and that IS the law under the UCMJ, and rightfully so. The fact that you think you are making some sort of point here is beyond laughable.
I literally am crying right now because I am laughing so hard.
So you seem think George Washington, who risked his life for this country, is the same thing as a guy who is a member of a terror group, that is beyond NUTS. So I guess then you forgave Yassar Arafat then Tal? No? But Dov gets a pass?
Tal, I thought you were against terror, oh guess not after all.... FAIL FAIL FAIL.
Tal Dov was charged with embezzlement can you NOT read?
And no, not EVERY politician has a bad past, that is just an obvious lie Tal.
As for Spitzer and Weiner, they both had to leave office, maybe they will come back, maybe not, but they will be out of office for years before they could come back. That is not an insignificant fact.
Feb. 26, 2013, 10:45 pm
Kelly from Cobble Hill says:
Jews have oppressed Black people for years. They have exploited Black peoples' talents and made tons of money off them. And Jews are not sorry about it.
What's up with all the stupid politicians these days?
Why aren't they doing their jobs?
Feb. 27, 2013, 5:13 am
Shamdonkwa Jones from East New York says:
Everyone is so focused on whether this is racist or not, that they've totally overlooked how much he looks like a real basket-ball player. The illusion is totally complete. Makes me wonder if this is really Dov Hikind, or if nay-sayers have just placed a photo Of a famous basketball player in place of him.
Feb. 27, 2013, 5:42 am
AndRemember from ThisAboutHikind says:
-Jewish Defense League, which the FBI calls a "right wing terrorist organization"
-Scandal over skimming from a home for the elderly 25 years ago
-Calls the president (yes, the black one) a "dirtbag"
-Gets elected as a Democrat then openly sells his services to the Republicans because "they offered me the best deal"

And gets away with all this because he can "deliver votes" from one particular community of sheep, just like the Satmars...oh, wait. That's finally falling apart. Maybe it's just a matter of time before things crumble for Hikind and the long deserved investigations and prosecutions start. A guy can dream, right?
Feb. 27, 2013, 6:15 am
UWS from Richard says:
This doesn't look anything like a black, but a zombie. Anyone who associates this with blacks is a racist.
Feb. 27, 2013, 11:51 am
Wed from NY says:
He looks like the lady who took her baby with her to a tanning salon. A lot of people are real sick don't even know it; protected by money plus warped religion/politics.
Feb. 27, 2013, 2:11 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Charles Rangel has done a lot of things that are also illegal, but I don't hear anyone calling him to resign. Also, he keeps on getting re-elected. The truth of the matter is that Hikind is most likely to keep his seat even after this, and that will mainly be because he will either be running unopposed or against a faceless opponent, which was the case for Rangel in the last election for his district. I won't argue that his costume wasn't a good idea, but was he really trying to be a racist here? Most likely, he wasn't doing that at all. As for the claim about Jews oppressing blacks, I can cite the reverse as well such as the Crown Heights riots where a Hasidic was stabbed by a black man and was originally acquitted especially when the cops contaminated the dagger to throw off the DNA, but was found guilty after it was appealed. Don't forget that Al Sharpton and Desmond Tutu are known anti-Semites. Historically, Jews were even being discriminated by other minorities especially blacks when they arrived to the US from Europe during the early 1900's, which lead to the formation of the Anti-Defamation League that still exists today. On a side note, there really is such a thing as racists minorities, and I already named a few to give examples. Overall, Hikind did make a bad choice of what to wear that day, but he is no racist as many here tend to claim to.
Feb. 27, 2013, 3:32 pm
manposeur from brokelyn says:
Ok Dov, if you go around in black face, I'm gonna dress up as a Hasidic. Get me a pair of knickers & wear a furry hockey puck hat.
Feb. 27, 2013, 3:52 pm
ty from pps says:
"Charles Rangel has done a lot of things that are also illegal, but I don't hear anyone calling him to resign."

You're joking, right? Oh. No. I forgot for a second, you're just an ignorant fool.
Feb. 27, 2013, 4:11 pm
Ed K. from Mill Basin says:
Turns out the guy's a putz.
Feb. 27, 2013, 5:19 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, you actually described yourself. I gave Rangel is an example of a corrupt politician who never had to leave his seat. The main reason is because he is not only able to avoid being actually charged, but he has many voters to keep him in office. Alan Hevesi, who was a state comptroller, was re-elected despite using taxpayer dollars to help bring his wife to the hospital, but had to resign not that long after winning that election, but still showed how much he was supported. BTW, nobody cried foul when Bloomberg got city hall to overturn the laws against term limits for mayors, but you all probably voted for him anyway. In some districts, recognition and notability is all that's needed for getting both elected and re-elected as well and even trumps everything that they did, because some feel that it's better the person they do know than the one they don't know. Of course, I can give a whole list of politicians that are known for major crimes but still hold office, because it's a very long one, but I will stop here for now especially when there are a lot more than the ones I am just mentioning now.
Feb. 27, 2013, 5:24 pm
bigjilm from Brooklyn says:
I say we look up his address and trick or treat him this halloween all dressed up as Hasidic Jews. Our excuse will be "it was just a lot of fun".
Feb. 27, 2013, 6:25 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Since we are talking about not allowing for anyone who was part of a terrorist organization or hate group, then maybe the south should deny anyone who was part of the KKK to run for political office as well, but I am not hearing anything about that?
Feb. 27, 2013, 6:40 pm
JAY from NYC says:
Tal, Rangel was forced to give up chairmanship of the ways and means committee he was censured (the strongest thing that can be done short of expulsion) and had to pay back taxes. He actually was punished and a lot of people thought he should resign and a lot of people still think that, so your entire post is, as usual, B.S.
Bloomberg is still getting criticized for the third term thing, and he did not break any laws, so that is also more B.S. from you.
The real issues here though is not what someone else did, its what Mr. Hikind did and whether the feds should investigate this entire area for civil rights and voter rights issues. I think they should.
Again Tal please give show how BDS are Neo Nazis as you claimed and you thanked Dov Hikind for standing up to them and for attempting to censor them in violation of the constitution and academic freedom. Why are you not now arguing for the same standard to apply for Hikind, who belonged to a terror group since you also claim that you are against terror?
Feb. 27, 2013, 6:46 pm
JAY from NYC says:
Since we are talking about not allowing for anyone who was part of a terrorist organization or hate group, then maybe the south should deny anyone who was part of the KKK to run for political office as well, but I am not hearing anything about that?

who Tal? Who ffom the KKK is running for office? Give me a name Tal. You are just pulling things out of you know where, I am pretty sure if you are able to actualy find someone form the KKK running for office that there are plenty of people saying don't vote for this guy, but please give us a name instead of just making up crap.
Furthermore, What South? So if they live in the North its ok for them to run? What, you think the North does not have KKK members, do you even know where their National Head Quarters are. I will give you a hint, it aint in dixie.
Finally Tal answer the question about military service did you or did you not serve? Did you or did you not purposely avoid service in Israel?
Feb. 27, 2013, 6:51 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First off, I didn't serve in any military be it US or Israel, but that's besides the point. Getting what Hikind wore, most didn't see it as any form of hate, just those who never liked him from the start made it an issue. It's not as if I saw any websites dedicated to blacks grilling him for this unless those down by extremists. As much as I don't like the Nazis, I won't slam anyone for dressing up as one despite having family that was killed by them, so the remarks on what he wore is really overreacting. As for the BDS, don't be surprised if they get invited to the annual Holocaust Deniers Convention that is held in Iran and is hosted by the world's number one Holocaust denier, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. On a side note, here some US politicians that were originally KKK members, though some did change while others remained.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan_members_in_United_States_politics
Feb. 27, 2013, 7:01 pm
JAY from NYC says:
First, no Tal, its not besides the point because you attempted to lecture people on a) the military and b) the first commander of U.S. forces, when you don't know jack about it and c) you compared Washington to Hikind.
You bought it up, so you can't then turn around and say oh its besides the point. The point is you don't know what you are talking about.
Second Actually MOST people DO see it as a symbol of hate, that is why its NATIONAL NEWS. DUH!!!!!
Again Tal show me where BDS are neo-Nazis as you claimed, you keep piling on more B.S. about them WITH NO EVIDENCE. Why Tal?
Again, show me where they give money to a neo-Nazi group or where they are throwing up Nazi salutes or wearing Nazi uniforms, or anything that actually connects them to neo-Nazis. You have not yet you call them that. Why Tal? IS it because you are totally full of CRAP???!!!?
As for politicians who were KKK members, we are not talking about history, you said in your post "running" as in current. Second you linked to wiki pedia, that is NOT scholarly evidence of anything. Wiki is worthless as a source. Third, everyone on there is pretty much dead except for David Duke and a TON of people are opposed to him, and he actaully went to jail, and is not in office, so more Bigot Tal B.S.
So Tal how about 1) someone from this century 2) who is currenlty "running" as you posted.
Who Tal? Who is a KKK member that is currently running for office as you claim. Who Tal? Who?
Feb. 27, 2013, 7:43 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- "Getting what Hikind wore, most didn't see it as any form of hate, just those who never liked him from the start made it an issue."

WHAT!? Are you this friggin' stupid?!

No, Tal. You are wrong. Wearing blackface is a symbol of racism. This isn't a new thing. There wasn't a committee meeting last week to decide if Blackface was good or bad.

Uggh. Just stop, Tal. Just stop while you're behind.
Feb. 27, 2013, 7:52 pm
jay from nyc says:
I would even consider it progress if tal could simply say on subject for more than 3 words
Feb. 27, 2013, 8:02 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Jay and ty, I can actually explain to you the true story, but knowing you guys, it's like trying to explain to the Muslim Brotherhood on why Israel should exist as a Jewish state. Nevertheless, I didn't see anything racist on what Hikind wore, and the media was completely overreacting. Seriously, I am really tired when minorities use the race card for any claim. I don't use it in any way or form. It's like I can't mention the word slavery when in fact many races besides the blacks were enslaved at one point in time including my own religion by the Egyptians. As a matter of fact, the entire Slavic culture of Eastern Europe gets its own name from being slaves and none of them were black. I will admit that what Hikind wore was a bad idea, but not racist in any way or form. I say that those that made such claims should be forced to endorse him on his next election as punishment. On a side note, here is something more recent on former KKK members and other white supremacists who have been running for political office.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/07/04/white-supremacists-running-for-political-office-in-2012-in-growing-numbers.html
Feb. 27, 2013, 9:18 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- Seriously? I had to stop reading when I got to "Seriously, I am really tired when minorities use the race card for any claim."

This IS Dov Hikind's whole thing. He is a walking Jewish outrage machine! That is all he does. His whole agenda is to keep himself in power by using the "race card for any claim."

The fact that, you, Tal, an ignorant white man from Pleasantville doesn't see anything wrong with a white man dressing up in Blackface... well, that's makes it all fine, then. Right?
Feb. 27, 2013, 9:24 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
bfd - he dressed up like a spook - i thought it was shirley chisolm come back from the dead or james brown
Feb. 27, 2013, 10:03 pm
JAY from NYC says:
well Tal if you see nothing racist about it then you really do have a problem.
Tal, as for your "I am really tired when minorities use the race card for any claim." you do EXACTLY that, so how do you square that statement, when you have made many such statements yourself?
As for the link, ok the daily beast is crap, and half of the article was on david duke stuff who we already talked about, BUT at least it did mention some others who are running, but its only 9 who are white supremacists, not exactly a huge number in a country of over 300 million, and these were mostly positions for things like being on the water quality control board and the article also points out that these people almost never win.
So while this is obviously NOT a good thing and needs to be watched, this is not some tidal wave of nazis sweeping the country, as you implied in your original post.
Speaking of Nazis tal, how about you finally provide evidence to back up your claim that the people who came to Brooklyn College are Neo Nazis? When will you provide proof, or when will you admit that you lied and made it up? Which one is it Tal? Proof or lie?
Oh, and I guess you don't want to answer where you are on Terror, since Dov Hikind was a member of a terror group, who you thanked for trying to use government power to censor people either huh Tal? Why won't you answer that?
Finally, as for your "I say that those that made such claims should be forced to endorse him on his next election as punishment." comment, go ahead Tal you try that, with your big bad hiding behind a keyboard threat making non-military serving self, come try and force me to do something that is against the law, can't wait to see the po-po take you to jail. I'll put it on youtube.
Feb. 27, 2013, 11:18 pm
Mike from Boerum Hill says:
I don't know who I'm more tired of, Tal, Ty, Jay, Swamp Yankee or diehipster.

Can't you find other hobbies? Maybe a pet would help, you all sound lonely. And bitter.
Feb. 28, 2013, 2:40 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Let me just set something here that is on my mind on this. Hikind did make a bad judgement to go to a Purim party dressed the way he was, but to call him racist for doing such does feel pretty far fetched. Seriously, when does one group get to call something there look and only their look? Also, why is it only bad when a white person says a word that a black person uses all the time, but never the other way around? The same goes with how they choose to look. What exactly makes this their look only? It's not as if their names are on it. Another thing is that when a white person criticizes a person of a minority, they are being called hate mongers, but I never hear the same when the reverse is done such as Al Sharpton, who is a know racist. Maybe I should dress as an Iraqi insurgent or Hamas member come next Halloween or Purim, and maybe we will see what reactions will come out, plus saying their known phrases in that as well.
Feb. 28, 2013, 5:40 pm
JAY from NYC says:
and yet mike there you are, posting, so what does that make you huh? Kettle? Pot?
Tal as usual you make no sense and try to confuse the issue with what other people allegedly do in your made up world.
A lot of people don't like Al Sharpton, so don't know where you get that from.
If you dress up as a Hamas member in Dov Hikind's 'hood, you might need to worry about your personal safety.
Again, focus Tal, the topic is Hikind, and yeah, its racist.
And again provide proof that the people who came to Brooklyn college are neo nazis, which you thanked racist Dov Hikind for standing up to them when he tried to use government power to censor them, or admit that you lied and made it up.
Feb. 28, 2013, 6:36 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Jay, you miss my point completely, and you probably have the same intelligence level that either George W Bush or Sarah Palin have. I won't be surprised if blacks themselves dress up like that for costume parties, and there are probably many that do. However, why is it racist when a different group dresses up like that? Maybe I should shout racism when a black dresses in a stereotypical Jewish look, which I won't be surprised if a lot of them do that already. The only reason I mentioned Sharpton is because he is a known racist, and was even known for encouraging blacks to go after Jews along with vandalizing their homes and stores, which proves that racism can exist from the other side.
March 1, 2013, 3:29 pm
JAY from NYC says:
Tal you have no point, and you don't get that you have no point, and then you call me names like Sarah Palin, which proves that you not only have no point, but that you are unable to debate as well.
No one here ever said that its only non-blacks that can be racist, so I take it from your answer you are admitting that you are a racist? That seems to be what you are saying Tal
As for teh rest, Again Tal you are just making up B.S. and again Tal you refuse to answer where is the evidence to provide proof that the people who came to Brooklyn college are neo nazis, which you thanked racist Dov Hikind for standing up to them when he tried to use government power to censor them, or admit that you lied and made it up.
Hikind did something racists and you are defending it, speaks for it self.
March 1, 2013, 6:19 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Jay, you aware that there are black Jews, so this is not a religion limited to whites only. My point is that what he wore was taken out of context. I think the only reason this made headlines was that it was a slow day, so this is what grabbed the most attention. I highly doubt that he had the intention of being racist. I saw the movie White Chicks, and I didn't see anything offensive about two black guys dressing up as white women to go undercover. Chris Rock even dressed up in a stereotypical look to whites, and I didn't hear any outcries there. Why is it okay when a black person dresses up as whatever they want, but a crime for a white person to dress up as them? I smell a double standard here. On a side note, I can answer to a debate, it's you who doesn't seem to be able to do that.
March 1, 2013, 6:33 pm
JAY from NYC says:
no Tal you can't answer a debate because you still have NOT answered and provided proof that the people who came to Brooklyn college are neo nazis, which you thanked racist Dov Hikind for standing up to them when he tried to use government power to censor them, or admit that you lied and made it up.
That alone on its face proves you can't answer a debate.
In addition, there is no double standard in Hikind's case he did something vile and repugnant, and I think that maybe you can't simply admit that because if you do then you have a problem in dealing with the issue that you thanked him for trying to use the government to censor people. You are on the wrong side of both these things Tal, and trying to whitewash it (yes pun intended) does not make it go away.
March 1, 2013, 7:56 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Jay, he is going to get re-elected despite this, and that is a known fact. I highly doubt something like this will affect him especially when his district is still by his side just like the case for other politicians that have included Ranger and Hevesi. Most voters will give Hikind a clean slate on this also especially if his opponent has nothing better to offer. On a side note, maybe it would just be better to go either on Purim or Halloween as Bloomberg and tell people what they can or cannot have at the costume parties just to show what he is really like.
March 2, 2013, 5:41 pm

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