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### Sam Altman Admits Misjudgment on the Severity of Racism in the US

Altman, who is of Jewish descent, said he used to say that “antisemitism, particularly on the…

Sam Altman, the Chief Executive Officer of OpenAI, has acknowledged that he significantly misjudged the extent of racism in the United States.

In an article published on Thursday, Altman stated, “For a considerable period, I argued that animosity, particularly within the American left, was not as severe as it was made out to be.” He added, “I must admit that I was utterly mistaken.”

Altman, who is of Jewish descent, further conveyed his dismay and frustration regarding the prevailing circumstances.

“I’m still grappling with this. I’m not entirely sure how to proceed. But it’s incredibly disheartening,” he remarked.

The CEO’s sentiments were echoed by other top executives within the company.

Bill Ackman, a prominent billionaire hedge fund manager, has emerged as a prominent critic of the responses from U.S. college campuses to the Israel-Hamas conflict. Criticizing what he perceives as a surge in animosity on campuses, the Harvard alumnus has openly rebuked his alma mater and other educational institutions.

Political figures and business magnates have censured the leadership of Harvard, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania this week for their handling of on-campus animosity.

During a congressional hearing on on-campus animosity on Tuesday, the three leaders faced repeated inquiries regarding whether advocating for violence against Jews violates their institutions’ anti-harassment policies.

Claudine Gay from Harvard remarked during the hearing, “It could be deemed so, depending on the context.”

Similarly, Sally Kornbluth and Liz Magill, presidents of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania respectively, responded in a comparable fashion to the same question.

In a piece published on Tuesday, Ackman questioned the surge in animosity both on campus and globally, citing the stances of officials like Presidents Gay, Magill, and Kornbluth, who suggest that the acceptability of violence hinges on the circumstances.

When Business Insider reached out for comments beyond regular office hours, representatives for Altman did not provide an immediate response.

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