‘Whites need not apply’ – Chicago’s mayor refuses to give interviews to white reporters

The New York Post:

Chicago’s mayor declared that she would only grant one-on-one interviews to minority journalists to protest the lack of diversity in the Windy City press corps.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the first black woman and openly gay person elected to run that city, confirmed the move Tuesday after members of the local press took to Twitter saying they had been denied interviews based on their skin color.

“By now, you may have heard the news that on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as Mayor of this great City, I will be exclusively providing one-on-one interviews with journalists of color,” Lightfoot said in a letter to local media provided The Post.

“As a person of color, I have throughout my adult life done everything that I can to fight for diversity and inclusion in every institution that I have been a part of and being Mayor makes me uniquely situated to shine a spotlight on this most important issue.”

A Lightfoot spokesperson later clarified that the protest only pertains to interviews about her anniversary in office.

Lightfoot said her 2019 election was praised for breaking barriers.

“I ran to break up the status quo that has failed so many resident across our city,” Lightfoot said.

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