Mayor Lightfoot justifies only granting interviews to non-white reporters, says “I started a long overdue conversation about diversity in newsrooms”

Appearing on CNN, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot justified her decision to only grant interviews to non-white reporters by saying “I started a  long overdue conversation about diversity in newsrooms in coverage.”

“Here’s the thing: I’m the mayor of the third-largest city in the country,” Lightfoot declared. “I’m an African American woman, to state the obvious. Every day when I look out across my podium, I don’t see people who look like me. But more to the point, I don’t see people who reflect the richness and diversity of the city.”

“You all are the mirrors on society,” she continued. “You reflect with a critical and important lens the news of the day. You hold public officials like me accountable. You must be diverse. It can’t be that in the city of Chicago with all of the talent that we have that we can’t find diverse journalists of color.”