Hochul Apologizes After Statement

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has been criticized for recent comments made at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, California.

Hochul said about the state’s $400 million “Empire AI” initiative, “It’s sort of our attitude. We will be the best, we will be the first, and I want others to follow because right now, we have young Black kids growing up in the Bronx who don’t even know what the word ‘computer’ is. They don’t know. They don’t know these things.”

These comments have caused backlash from officials and lawmakers in the Bronx, with many expressing their disappointment and concern. Assembly Members Karines Reyes and John Zaccaro Jr. have called out Hochul for her insensitive remarks, stating that they are “deeply disturbed” by her perception of children in the Bronx.

In response, Governor Hochul issued an apology, stating that she “misspoke” and regrets her mistake. She clarified that she knows Black children in the Bronx are aware of computers, but her main concern is about their lack of access to technology. She believes that this hinders their ability to pursue high-paying jobs in industries like AI.

“Of course Black children in the Bronx know what computers are,” Hochul stated. “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. That’s why I’ve been focused on increasing economic opportunity since Day One of my Administration.”

Hochul’s ‘apology’ may be appreciated by some, her initial comments reveal a deep-seated bias and condescending attitude towards people of color. This type of thinking is unfortunately not uncommon among Democrats, who have a long history of promoting policies that oppress and stifle the black community.

While the governor may claim to have good intentions with her “Empire AI” initiative, her comments expose the underlying belief that black and brown children are somehow inferior and in need of saving. This attitude is not only insulting but also dangerous, as it allows for policies that continue to keep these communities marginalized.

As Republicans, we believe in empowering individuals through equal opportunities and personal responsibility. We reject the notion that certain groups of people are inherently less capable or need special handouts.

It’s time for Democrats like Governor Hochul to stop talking down to people of color and start listening to their voices and ideas.