Gov. Bevin says West Louisville Chess Club not what you expect in portion of city

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Matt Bevin says the West Louisville chess club at Nativity Academy is 'not something you necessarily would have thought of when you think of this section of town.'

Bevin is referring to the Louisville's West End, a predominately black region of the city.

"Some incredible young minds, some incredible young minds, some incredible teachers, people pouring into these young people," Bevin said in a video posted to his Twitter account.

The video showed the governor playing chess with students and meeting some of the organizers, and he offered praise to the program.

The video also came with backlash, as some say Bevin's comment about the city's West End was racist and tone-deaf.

"Bevin...Blacks in west Louisville enjoy chess, tennis, and many other activities not associated with guns and violence," Chickasaw Neighborhood Association secretary Donovan Taylor told the Courier-Journal.

The tweet led to many scathing replies on social media as well.

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