Mayor Lightfoot Defends Decision To Only Grant Interviews To Non-White Jurnalists

Appearing on CNN, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended her decision to only grant interviews to journalists of color and not White journalists.

Lightfoot claimed she started a “long overdue conversation about diversity in newsrooms in coverage.”

“Here’s the thing: I’m the mayor of the third-largest city in the country,” Lightfoot said. “I’m an African American woman, to state the obvious. Every day when I look out across my podium, I don’t see people who look like me. But more to the point, I don’t see people who reflect the richness and diversity of the city.”

“You all are the mirrors on society,” she added.  “You reflect with a critical and important lens the news of the day. You hold public officials like me accountable. You must be diverse. It can’t be that in the city of Chicago with all of the talent that we have that we can’t find diverse journalists of color.”

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