Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind apologized Monday for dressing in blackface at a weekend Purim celebration, softening what had been a defiant response to criticism. He took to his blog to call the reaction "political correctness to the absurd."
"It was not meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone in any fashion," said Mr. Hikind. He had hired a makeup artist to darken his face and wore an Afro-style wig as part of a basketball player costume. The Jewish holiday of Purim includes a masquerade tradition similar to Halloween.