Much Ado About Lightfoot

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has a new policy that is creating some tension in the local media. She will only grant one-on-one interviews to journalists of color. Surprisingly, many journalists of color appear to be offended by her gesture. (While I’m a black man who disagrees with grouping all of us as “people of color”, I understand the sentiment.) Yet, the entire thing feels like the premise to a corny SNL sketch.

What Mayor Lightfoot should’ve done was reach out to more reporters of color. I’m sure that her office has denied many interview requests from black and brown journalists. They should’ve privately rectified the matter instead of using this publicity. Black journalists will always send interview requests- but they get ignored more than other groups. Yet, Lightfoot appears to have her own agenda at hand.

For me, one-on-one interviews are not enough. At this rate, it’s about the Mayor’s ego than creating better outcomes for the residents of Chicago. Black and brown residents want more than “soundbites”; they need access to TIFs, economic development, safety, and affordable housing. For the entire 184 year history of Chicago, they have been waiting. If the mayor can provide one-on-one attention to blighted neighborhoods, that will be the news that we all can use.

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  • One hundred years of Democrat promises for better neighborhoods, less crime, more opportunity, etc.. Yet, nothing. Yet, year after year, decade after decade, the south and west sides (and most of everywhere else) vote for more of the same expecting a different result.

    How much longer before you know you've been played by the mayors, the aldermen, the black, brown and white media, the money-grubbing community organizations, and even the preachers with their hands out for government money? You're going to be an old, old man and nothing will change in this city. Maybe you can make a difference?

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Thanks for the comment. I'm turning 37 in a couple of weeks (so I already feel like an old, old man.) I consider myself apolitical because of all the foolishness.

  • Thank you. I think this is going to backfire badly. If she's trying for diversity, the mayor should recognize that including all races will better reach all audiences.

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