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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Giving Interviews Only To Journalists Of Color

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Nicole Silverio Contributor
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Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is giving interviews solely to black or brown journalists, local reporters announced on social media. Lightfoot said she is giving priority to journalists of color temporarily.

Several journalists from the Chicago area, including Mary Ann Ahern, a political journalist at NBC 5 Chicago, have claimed that Lightfoot is only giving one-on-one interviews to reporters of color.

“As @chicagosmayor reaches her two year midway point as mayor, her spokeswoman says Lightfoot is granting 1 on 1 interviews-only to Black or Brown journalists,” Ahern tweeted.

Chicago reporter Heather Cherone and WTTW Chicago Tonight anchor Paris Schutz replied to Ahern’s tweet confirming her statement to be true. (RELATED: Chicago Mayor Refuses To Follow Rest Of Illinois, Will Not Open COVID-19 Vaccines To All Due To ‘Quantum Leap’ In Cases’)

Lightfoot herself said that she was “prioritizing media requests from POC reporters on the occasion of the two-year anniversary” of her inauguration as mayor.

Some have pushed back on the idea of giving preferential treatment to certain reporters based on race or ethnicity.

Joe Kent, a congressional candidate in Washington, called Lightfoot a racist for her alleged practice. Lavern Spicer, a candidate for Congress in Florida, also spoke out against Lightfoot’s move.