Mayor Deflects Birth Control Question Directed At Black

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg was quick to speak for Schools Chancellor Cathie Black on Tuesday when she was asked about her controversial comments in connection with school overcrowding.

Bloomberg and Black were joined by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at a news conference at the Department of Education to announce additional tutoring funding for struggling students, but the topic eventually shifted to Black.

Last Thursday, speaking at a task force meeting on school overcrowding, Black joked “couldn’t we just have some birth control for a while? It could really help us out a lot.”

When asked by a reporter Tuesday if she was sorry for making the now-infamous comments, Mayor Bloomberg did not let Black — who appeared ready to answer the question — reply, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported.

1010 WINS Reporter Glenn Schuck says Mayor jumped back to podium after question to Black over birth control comment.

WCBS 880 Reporter Rich Lamb says Mayor defends Black after questions on birth control statement.

“Let me say it for her. Yes,” Bloomberg said. “She made a joke. Should she [have] made the joke? In retrospect, probably not.”

“Have I made many mistakes? When you go from the business world to the public world, it’s a very different world. People tend to take things out of context and maybe, I think, a little bit too seriously.”

Black had spoken freely about other topics earlier in the press conference, but moments after the mayor’s remarks, the chancellor left the room without comment.

  • CriticizeEverything

    The issue here is that it this comment was not a joke. It is a mere statement of fact. Overpopulation is going to be one of NYC’s next great challenges. To all you parents out there who were insulted, that goes to show you neither have the right mindset, nor the intellect, to understand the problems facing this city. Nor do you have the wherewithal to move this nation forward out of the deficit it continues to accrue. There are just too many children being born and Archbishop Dolan has the audacity to criticize abortion. It is imperative that we encourage birth control as a society. Having a child without any interest or means to raise it is not only wrong it is irresponsible. Many parents these days are not interested in being parents. Then why have a child? Many parents do not have financial means as a single mom, or even a family to care for the child’s well being, proper education, quality of life, etc. Some of these parents even have many children. And yet, these very same parents get iPhones or Blackberrys, spend money on cigarettes, or squander in other ways. Having a child is time consuming and expensive. Having a child if you are not ready is not only reckless to the stability of one’s own life by curbing the earnings and education potential of the parent, it is selfish, and it is unfair to the child. In addition having a child without the means or determination to raise it is detrimental to all of society. As technology pervades all aspects of life, the need for people diminishes. Let’s tackle the overpopulation before it burgeons out of control.

  • fern

    I wish Ms Black does an outstanding job that will shut up her detractors. To those who didn’t like her statement about contraception Bloomberg should have said “F… you if you can’t take a joke!”.
    By getting an outsider he’s getting a different point of view and a different approach, which may be or not be good but at least they’re trying something new instead of the same old, same old you’ve been getting in the last thirty years.

  • Merve

    Finally someone is being honest and forthright about the real problem in our public schools. Hopefully she will address the issue effectively and not just joke about it by holding parents “accountable” for their “actions”.

    • ericm

      That is the stupidest comment I have seen here in a while. ‘Too many kids’ is not the problem. the problem is that we don’t have the dedicated, passionate, creative teachers we once had. Everyone is in it for the benefits and pensions, and the kids be damned. We need a ratings system that weeds out the goldbrickers, and rewards great, skilled, dedicated teachers. Period.

  • Jerry

    Overpopulation is real, not racist Unless it is addressed we will suffer more and more,overcrowding in schools as well as economically.
    Did the Chinese address it successfully ? Oh yeah ……..was it racial or practical?
    It’s simple mathematics, not to mention common sense that you can’t fit ten pounds of potatoes in a five pound bag?

    Too,too many mothers are having children, irresponsibly.
    w/o the necessary funding and skills.
    What happens then?
    This is of all races and creeds.
    You decide?

    • The 70's and early 80's

      This is what happened during that span causing single parenthood. The welfare system at that time rewarded people for having more kids. Some father worked and claimed no to live there to get extra monies. Others just left. Ultimately woman who have a hard time rasing one child why do you want another?

      • Josh

        Maybe so, but that was over 30 years ago and those kids are now adults with kids of their own. The Welfare system was revamped in the 90’s. Anyone who was on welfare in the 90’s has a child who is at least 10 yrs old now, so please rethink your statement.

  • Captain Obvious

    People are critical of Black because there were far more qualified applicants for the position. Instead, Bloomberg chose a friend (maybe more … ??) and someone who looks like him.

    • Prunefaces

      Did not notice at first but Bloomey and Cathie do look the same! Ouch! Kidding aside I know what you mean.

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