Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Only Permit Interviews with Black, Brown Journalists
Mayor comes under fire for bizarre racist rules
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will only grant interviews to “Black or Brown journalists," her spokesperson recently announced.
Local NBC 5 reporter Mary Ann Ahern first reported the news:
Paris Schutz of public TV station WTTW said he also heard the same bizarre news:
I was told the same thing.— Paris Schutz (@paschutz) May 18, 2021
Alderman George Cardenas expressed disbelief before another political reporter Heather Cherone confirmed the report:
I can confirm, alderman— Heather Cherone (@HeatherCherone) May 18, 2021
But it is unknown if Lightfoot's racial policy would apply to all future interviews or just one-on-one interviews.
Lightfoot has faced massive backlash for her harsh policies during the coronavirus pandemic.
The mayor also faced fierce criticism for failing to manage the Black Lives Matter riots, which saw a sharp rise in violent crime throughout her city.
Lightfoot also told residents to ignore CDC guidelines and continue wearing a mask despite being vaccinated.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) said Monday she would prefer not to see residents of her city outside when they’re not donning face masks, contrary to guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I think we’ve got to get some clarification from the CDC,” Lightfoot said in a morning interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle.
“The rollout … was a bit abrupt, and I think they’ve got a lot of clarification they need to do."
"I know, for me personally, I’m going to continue to wear a mask in public, and I’m going to encourage others to do so."
"We’ve got to make sure people are continuing to follow the public health guidance that has gotten us this far, and masks, I think, are a big and important part of that.”
CDC guidelines presently suggest fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings in most settings.
“We are asking people to be honest with themselves,” agency director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press.
“If they are vaccinated, and they are not wearing a mask, they are safe.”