Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dov Hikind's Masquerading as a Black Man

Here's a quote from a news site 3 days ago concerning NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind's Purim mask: "Assemblyman Karim Camara of the state Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus had called Hikind's actions at the party 'callous and repugnant'."

Karim Camara (KC) heaped derision on Dov Hikind (DH) for masquerading at a Purim festivity as a black man. Said KC, "It brings back the memories of African-Americans being reduced to buffoonery just to gain access to the entertainment industry".

KC's taking offense and denouncement of DH's capricious costume reveals a hidden truth in the offended one's psychology. It shows KC secretly believes being black is an inferiority, as if being black, of itself, is demeaning! No proud black man would have taken offense any more than would a Jew take offense of a black man masquerading as a Jew or chassid on Halloween.

Had a black man dressed up as a Nazi - a most offensive and provocative sight for a Jew to behold, the Jew would have good reason to protest. Similarly, had DH masqueraded as a Ku Klux Klan member, KC would have had good reason to be offended.

But for a white Jew to dress up as a black man - so what! At worst, KC should have been amused. At best, he could have been elated.

That KC took offense that DH dressed up as a black man tells much more about KC's psychology that meets the superficial eye. It definitely says something about the protester who "doth protest too much". Probably KC dislikes Jews and itches to pick a fight where he can - taking an opportunity to cut down a Jew from his high place.

If I'm wrong, I challenge KC (or, for that matter, any member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus) to show where he really stands on this issue. If he could meet the challenge, KC would regain respect from his own circle of society as well as show he holds no malice to the Jewish element. Let him stand up for a Jew in distress so all can see. Just one small favor that could go a long way - one that will buy him fame for life, from Jews and righteous Gentiles alike; Let him go to Obama and seek reprieve for Jonathan Pollard. Or, if that's asking too much, let him just visit the man who sits in prison now for nearly 3 decades.

A small gesture of rapprochement with the Jewish people, whom he insulted by digging up some fault to initiate a new campaign of hate over some harmless whim by a well-intentioned Jew will, like nothing else, boost his feelings of self-worth too. If he fails to follow through such a simple test, and instead persists with the baseless repugnant attack, we'll know who masquerades on Purim - and who masquerades every day of his life.


  1. You are the voice of reason, my friend. You and Joe Settler. See my comments there.

  2. I would take offense if I would have proof that there was an offensive intent. On the contrary, Mr. Hikind, who has many black constituents, and is anyway a fellow who fights for equality and respect for all, could have been simply given the benefit of the doubt that he had no open or even hidden agenda to denigrate an entire community.