Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot backed her decision to only grant interviews to “People of Color Journalists” this week; claiming it’s the only way to dismantle the “whiteness and maleness” of the Windy City’s press pool.
“In looking at the absence of diversity across the City Hall press corps and other newsrooms, sadly it does not appear that many of the media institutions in Chicago have caught on and truly have not embraced this moment,” she wrote. “I have been struck since my first day on the campaign trail back in 2018 by the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media outlets, editorial boards, the political press corps, and yes, the City Hall press corps specifically.”
“Diversity and inclusion is imperative across all institutions including media. In order to progress we must change,” lamented the Mayor.