Hochul apologizes for claiming black children don’t know the meaning of ‘computer’

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) has apologized for a comment she made during a presentation on Monday, in which she claimed black children do not know what the word computer means.

The New York governor had been speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference to discuss Empire AI, an initiative that aims to make New York a leader in artificial intelligence research. During her discussion, she said this initiative aims to make AI more equitable in the state, as there are “young black kids growing up in the Bronx” who do not know the meaning of the word “computer.”

I’m sitting down with @CapehartJ to discuss our continued efforts to make New York a stronger, safer, more prosperous state.

Join us live at the @MilkenInstitute: https://t.co/6sdCYkdMy0

— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul)
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