Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) went on CNN on Friday to defend her choice to solely speak to reporters of coloration.
Lightfoot Sounds Off
When CNN “New Day” host John Berman requested Lightfoot in regards to the discrimination lawsuit that she is dealing with for this, the Democrat responded by calling the lawsuit “frivolous” and by arguing that she “began a long-overdue dialog about range in newsrooms.”
“Effectively, the lawsuit is totally frivolous,” Lightfoot started. “I’d use a extra colourful time period if we weren’t on TV. However right here’s the factor. I’m the mayor of the third-largest metropolis within the nation. I’m an African-American girl, to state the apparent. Daily after I look out throughout my podium, I don’t see individuals who appear like me. However extra to the purpose, I don’t see individuals who mirror the richness and variety of this metropolis.”
“So, sure, I began a long-overdue dialog about range in newsrooms, in protection,” she added. “You all are the mirrors on society. You mirror, with a essential and essential lens, the information of the day. You maintain public officers like me accountable. You should be various.”
“It could’t be that in a metropolis like Chicago, with all of the expertise that now we have, that we will’t discover various journalists of coloration,” she added. “In fact, we will. What they want is alternative. And I hope my dialog has pricked the consciousness of the individuals who do the hiring selections in media rooms all throughout town and hopefully throughout the nation. We’ve bought to do higher.”
Lightfoot Hit With Backlash
This comes after Lightfoot obtained tons of backlash final month when she celebrated her two-year anniversary of her taking workplace by saying that she would solely be granting interviews to reporters of coloration shifting ahead. She additionally lashed out on the Chicago media for what she sees as its “overwhelming whiteness.”
“In wanting on the absence of range throughout the Metropolis Corridor press corps and different newsrooms, sadly it doesn’t seem that lots of the media establishments in Chicago have caught on and actually haven’t embraced this second,” the Democratic mayor mentioned.
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“I’ve been struck since my first day on the marketing campaign path again in 2018 by the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media retailers, editorial boards, the political press corps, and sure, the Metropolis Corridor press corps particularly,” she added.
Not stopping there, Lightfoot boasted in regards to the range in Chicago management, together with the “majority Black and Latinx Metropolis Council,” earlier than calling it “unacceptable” that almost all reporters overlaying Metropolis Corridor have been White.
“A lot of them are good and hard-working, savvy and expert,” she continued. However principally white, nonetheless.”
This piece was written by James Samson on June 11, 2021. It initially appeared in LifeZette and is utilized by permission.
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