Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot won’t do interviews with white journalists

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the only one-on-one interviews she will do to mark two years on the job will be with journalists of color.

Tweeting and then sending a letter to members of the City Hall press corps, the Black mayor explained she’s doing so to highlight the lack of diversity in newsrooms.

Members of the press corps reacted angrily to the mayor’s announcement, with one white reporter wondering if the mayor thinks she’s racist and a Latino reporter saying he will decline his chance at an interview because he doesn’t think the mayor should decide who she talks to.

Republicans and many people were quick to condemn Lightfoot, calling her racist for deciding who to speak to based on the color of their skin.

For example, Lightfoot responded to Senator Ted Cruz saying she is not racist, but Texas voting laws are.

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