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    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: I'm only granting one-on-one interviews to journalists of color

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: I'm only granting one-on-one interviews to journalists of color

    She has been a horrible mayor, but this blatant racism takes the cake.
    Last edited by Rhea; 06-05-2021 at 10:33 PM. Reason: Inflammatory title

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    It's no different from some Republicans only going on FOX.

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    You are mistaken, Derec. Her action isn't racist, it's commendable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Independent writer who is a woman of colour but oddly has only her picture and no name attached to her article
    Naturally, social media went into a whirlwind. Right wing media and provocateurs are claiming that Lightfoot refusing to speak to white journalists is racism, but I, and most sensible people, would argue it is anything but. It is not a racist action to attempt to promote equity,
    Of course it isn't! In fact, any policy that promotes equity is anti-racist. It's right there in the name!

    especially when newsrooms maintain an environment that only comprises 17% of non-white staff, and 13% of non-white leadership. What is racist? The right wing men comparing Lightfoot’s natural hair to Beetlejuice because you disagree with her policy decisions.
    It's true the right have to own up to exclusive belittling of a person by reference to their physical features. The left has never mocked a leader for his obesity or skin complexion.


    As a Black and Native American writer living in Harlem, I find Lori Lightfoot’s demands to only speak with journalists of color rather reasonable, and more importantly, commendable.
    The confession of naked self-interest was a tad unnecessary, I feel.

    Lightfoot’s decision is a move to showcase journalists in Chicago who understand – or at least can sympathize with – her lived experience as a person of color in the region and who will write accessibly for her constituents.
    It's true that white people have no sympathy (it's a genetic mutation that came out of Europe), but the fact that white journalists cannot write 'accessibly' is a new failing on their part.

    With newsrooms and journalism being so overwhelmingly white, and I mean that literally, to refuse to engage with white, male writers who can not fundamentally understand who she is governing for, is not a radical position. It’s sensible, and the right-wing media’s reaction shows us why.
    I thought she was governing for the people of Chicago, which I thought contained at least some white males.

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    Quote Originally Posted by untermensche View Post
    It's no different from some Republicans only going on FOX.
    Oh yes? Does FOX refuse to interview people of colour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    YIt's true the right have to own up to exclusive belittling of a person by reference to their physical features. The left has never mocked a leader for his obesity or skin complexion.
    Or his hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by untermensche View Post
    It's no different from some Republicans only going on FOX.
    Oh yes? Does FOX refuse to interview people of colour?
    ?

    The Republicans escape questions they don't want by only going on FOX. They can spew lies unquestioned.

    Like that woman is trying to do.

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    Well, from what I hear, blacks can't be racist because they are not in positions of power. Er, something like that. But she's in a pretty powerful position (mayor of a large US city). So, does that mean she can be racist, because of her own powerful position? Or is it necessary for the governor of Illinois to be black before she can say racist things? Or the president? It's all so confusing...

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    Well, from what I hear, blacks can't be racist because they are not in positions of power. Er, something like that.
    It's not "something like that", it's exactly that.
    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derec View Post
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: I'm only granting one-on-one interviews to journalists of color

    She has been a horrible mayor, but this blatant racism takes the cake.
    This must be awful for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Higgins View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Derec View Post
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: I'm only granting one-on-one interviews to journalists of color

    She has been a horrible mayor, but this blatant racism takes the cake.
    This must be awful for you.
    What a ridiculous response.

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