Borough President Gibson’s Statement On Gov. Hochul’s Remarks About Black Children In The Bronx

Published on May 07, 2024, 7:16 pm
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Yesterday, while at a conference on Artificial Intelligence, Governor Hochul made remarks that included “there are black kids in the Bronx who do not know what a computer is.”

While I recognize that Governor Hochul misspoke in framing her remarks, it’s disappointing and hurtful to hear. As a borough, let me share with you all the ambition, brilliance, and talents of our scholars. Our African American young children are bright and are beacons of hope. When we see them excel and shine, we see our future.

The Bronx has seen incredible investments in education and technology as we believe in access to digital equity. Our administration last year, in partnership with our colleagues in the City Council, invested $20 million in our Bronx schools.

As we move forward, let us be reminded that our words are powerful and while not intentional, can have a harmful impact on our children and families. My colleagues and I look forward to a visit from Governor Hochul so we can show her firsthand what we see in Bronx classrooms every day. While we talk the talk, we must walk the walk. Investments in programs and resources matter and can make an impact and difference in the educational outcomes of our students and their families. Let us be about action more than misguided words.”


Vanessa L. Gibson
Bronx Borough President


Borough President Gibson's Statement On Gov. Hochul's Remarks About Black Children In The Bronx


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