Monday, May 6, 2024

Governor Hochul: Bronx Kids Do Not Know the Word 'Computer'

The recent comments made by Governor Kathy Hochul at a forum have sparked a significant conversation about the condescending attitudes of politicians, in particular, non-Hispanic whites, the digital divide, and its impact on communities, particularly in the Bronx. The governor's remarks, which suggested that black children in the Bronx may not be familiar with the term "computer," have been met with criticism from local politicians and the public.

The digital divide refers to the gap between those who have easy access to computers and the internet, and those who do not. This gap can significantly affect education, job opportunities, and economic growth. Governor Hochul's comments have brought attention to the ongoing issue of unequal access to technology, which is a critical factor in educational and professional development.

However, most of the talk was regarding her comments saying that Black children in the Bronx do not know what the word "computer" means. These comments were condescending and offensive to minorities especially the talented and intelligent young people of the Bronx. The comments reflect how out of touch the governor is and show the "White Gaze" often projected by non-Hispanic whites where they assume things of other racial groups and believe their knowledge or take is what is reality. Never mind that the Bronx High School of Science, BASE, Dodge High School, Alfred E Smith, and other schools that use science, and computers and teach app creation exist in the Bronx or that Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson graduated from the Bronx High School of Science.  The governor is clearly aloof to the Bronx and its people and history.  

Of course, our beautiful Black children in the Bronx know what a computer is!  I would bet top dollar they know how to use it and phones better than the governor and her staff!  

In response to the backlash, Governor Hochul expressed regret for her words and clarified her commitment to expanding economic opportunities for communities of color. She emphasized the importance of providing access to technology to help children and young adults in the Bronx and other underserved areas pursue high-paying jobs in emerging industries like artificial intelligence.

Local leaders in the Bronx have responded by highlighting the intelligence, resilience, and potential of the children in their community. They have called for more support and resources to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn and grow in the digital age.

This incident underscores the need for continued efforts to bridge the digital divide and create equal opportunities for all. It is a reminder that words matter and that leaders must be careful in their communication, especially when discussing sensitive issues related to race and inequality.

Here are some Bronx kids' replies to the governor:

For more detailed coverage on this topic, you can refer to the original articles from various news outlets.


Mayor Adams gives Gov. Hochul pass on remarks about Bronx Black kids not knowing what 'computer is' (

New York governor said Black kids in the Bronx do not know the word ‘computer’ | Kathy Hochul | The Guardian

NY governor regrets saying Black kids in the Bronx don't know what a computer is | AP News

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