1. Faux Pas

    Brooklyn Pol Apologizes for Blackface

    New York state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who's acted as Kletzky family spokesman, said in a statement. "The last thing they want is to relive the horror of losing their child," as he speaks at New York state Supreme Court. in New York's Brooklyn borough,Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. Levi Aron pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he abducted and dismembered Leiby Kletzky, an 8-year-old boy who became lost in Brooklyn after leaving a day camp. The plea will result in a sentence of 40 years to life in prison. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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    Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind probably should have foreseen his use of blackface would cause outrage. The politician, an Orthodox Jew, apologized Monday for donning the makeup as part of a basketball-player costume for Purim. “In hindsight, I should have picked something else. It never crossed my mind for a split second that I was doing something wrong. It was as innocent as something can be,” he said. “My wife was dressed as the devil. And she’s not a devil. It was to look different on Purim without deep intentions. I just wanted to look different and unrecognizable.”

    Read it at The New York Daily News