In a move that can only be viewed as one of overt bigotry, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is only granting interviews to journalists of color.
According to NBC 5 Chicago political reporter Mary Ann Ahern, Lightfoot is marking the “midway point” of her first term in office by disallowing some from doing their own jobs.
“As [Mayor Lightfoot] reaches her two year midway point as mayor, her spokeswoman says Lightfoot is granting 1 on 1 interviews – only to Black or Brown journalists,” Ahern wrote in a tweet.
Unfortunately, Ahern wasn’t the only one experiencing trouble.
“I was told the same thing,” WWTW Chicago Tonight anchor and correspondent Paris Schutz said in response to Ahern’s tweet.
I was told the same thing.
— Paris Schutz (@paschutz) May 18, 2021
And another one.
I can confirm, alderman
— Heather Cherone (@HeatherCherone) May 18, 2021
Social media had a field day with this one, as users accused Lightfoot of racism for choosing to speak with journalists based solely on skin color.
“It’s a shame that in 2021, the City Hall press corps is overwhelmingly White in a city where more than half of the city identifies as Black, Latino, AAPI or Native American,” Lightfoot wrote on Wednesday. “Diversity and inclusion is imperative across all institutions including [the] media. In order to progress we must change.”
“This is exactly why I’m being intentional about prioritizing media requests from POC reporters on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city. This is an imbalance that needs to change. Chicago is a world-class city. Our local media should reflect the multiple cultures that comprise it…It’s time for the newsrooms to do better and build teams that reflect the make-up of our city,” she added.
Apparently to Lightfoot, the best way to solve the problem of a lack of diversity in the media is to punish people for something they can’t control: their skin color.
But, this overtly obvious case of selective bigotry will not solve anything, only make things worse.