Kentucky’s governor Matt Bevin has landed in hot water after appearing in a video where he appeared shocked about a chess club that has mostly Black students, The Hill reports.
Bevin was outside Nativity Academy, a predominately Black middle school, in Louisville when he said in the promotional video that the school’s chess club is “not something you necessarily would have thought of when you think of this section of town.”
— Governor Matt Bevin (2015-2019) (@GovMattBevin) July 10, 2018
Community leaders blasted Bevin for his comments saying that it was “unbelievable.”
“It was just an obvious move by the governor to take photos with the African-American community,” David James, a councilman representing District 6 in Louisville, told the Courier Journal. “To perpetuate a stereotype of the African-American community like that is unbelievable.”
Bevin’s spokeswoman, Elizabeth Kuhn, told ABC News in a statement that the governor met with the West Louisville Chess Club to highlight a “program that is encouraging sportsmanship and character building among Kentucky’s youth.”
“It is disappointing that some are trying to shift the focus away from the incredible accomplishments of these talented kids,” she continued.
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