Lori Lightfoot agrees to solely converse to coloured reporters – "Lengthy overdue conversations about variety began in newsrooms"
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) went on CNN Friday to defend her decision to only speak to colored reporters.
When CNN host John Berman asked "New Day" Lightfoot about the discrimination lawsuit she was facing, the Democrat responded by calling the lawsuit "frivolous" and arguing that she was "starting a long overdue conversation about diversity in newsrooms " have.
"Well, the lawsuit is completely frivolous," began Lightfoot. “I would use a more colorful term if we weren't on TV. But here's the thing. I am mayor of the third largest city in the country. I'm an African American, to say the obvious. Every day when I look over my podium I don't see people who look like me. But above all, I don't see any people who reflect the wealth and diversity of this city. "
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"So, yeah, I've started a long overdue conversation about diversity in newsrooms and reporting," she added. “You are all the mirrors of society. You reflect the news of the day with a critical and important lens. They hold officials like me accountable. They have to be diverse. "
"It can't be that in a city like Chicago, with all the talent we have, we can't find different colored journalists," she added. "Of course we can. What you need is opportunity. And I hope my conversation has raised the awareness of the people who make hiring decisions in media rooms across town and hopefully across the country. We have to do better."
Lightfoot hit with backlash
This came after Lightfoot received tons of backlash last month as she celebrated her two year anniversary in office by saying she would only give interviews to colored reporters in the future. She also hit the Chicago media for her "overwhelming whiteness".
"Unfortunately, when you look at the lack of diversity in the City Hall press corps and other newsrooms, it doesn't seem like many of Chicago's media institutions understood this moment and really didn't embrace this moment," said the Democratic mayor.
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"Since my first day of campaigning in 2018, I've been impressed by the overwhelming whiteness and masculinity of the Chicago media, the editorial offices, the political press and yes, especially the City Hall press," she added.
Lightfoot did not brag about it, but bragged about the diversity in the leadership of Chicago, including the "Black Majority Council and Latinx," before calling it "unacceptable" that most of the reporters covering City Hall were whites.
“Many of them are smart and hardworking, accomplished and skilled,” she continued. But mostly white anyway. "
This piece was written by James Samson on June 11th, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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