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Hochul apologizes after saying Bronx kids “don’t know” about computers

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Governor Kathy Hochul faced backlash for comments made at a conference in Beverly Hills, suggesting that some Black children in the Bronx are unaware of what a computer is. The statement, which drew immediate criticism from Bronx officials, was made during a discussion on New York’s investment in artificial intelligence at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday.

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Bronx representatives, including Democratic state Assemblywoman Amanda Septimo and state Senator Gustavo Rivera, expressed dismay at Hochul’s remarks, calling them “harmful” and “deeply misinformed.” In response, Hochul issued an apology through NY1, clarifying that her intention was to highlight the lack of access to essential technology in underserved communities, not to question the children’s awareness of technology.

Despite the controversy, Hochul received support from Mayor Eric Adams and other legislative allies who defended her intentions and emphasized her commitment to enhancing educational opportunities in technology. Hochul’s apology and further explanations aimed to mitigate the situation as she continues to promote significant investments in STEM education across New York.



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