Lib Gov’s ‘Appalling’ ‘Black Kids’ Comment

( – New York Governor Kathy Hochul, an ultra-liberal Democrat, quickly backtracked on remarks following significant backlash for comments she made suggesting that Black children in the Bronx were unfamiliar with the term “computer.”

Instead, her statement, intended to highlight a major initiative for artificial intelligence in upstate New York, sparked controversy.

“Right now we have, you know, young Black kids growing up in the Bronx who don’t even know what the word ‘computer’ is,” she said. “They don’t know, they don’t know these things.”

Her remarks were immediately harshly criticized by Amanda Septimo, a state assembly member from the Bronx, who described the comments as “harmful, deeply misinformed, and genuinely appalling,” criticizing them for perpetuating negative stereotypes.

Assemblymember Karines Reyes also expressed disconcert and urged Hochul to “do better” and affirmed the capabilities and potential of Bronx children.

Few public figures were prepared to offer the governor support. Even Carl Heastie, the speaker of the state assembly, acknowledged her comments as “inartful and hurtful” but not indicative of her true intentions.

In contrast, civil rights leader Al Sharpton somewhat defended her and suggested her aim was to highlight the lack of access to social media and technology due to racial exclusion.

Later, Hochul apologized and clarified, “I misspoke, and I regret it.”

She added to the press, “Of course Black children in the Bronx know what computers are – the problem is that they too often lack access to the technology needed to get on track to high-paying jobs in emerging industries like AI.”

However, this was not Hochul’s first controversial remark of the year.

Earlier, she made an ill-received analogy regarding potential military actions between Canada and the U.S. while discussing the Israeli military operation in Gaza, leading to another prompt apology.

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