Judicial Watch: Filing Proves Chicago Mayor’s Discriminatory Interview Policy
Court filings prove Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot engaged in discrimination by holding a two-day “press tour” exclusively for journalists of color, the Judicial Watch organization said in a press release Friday.
According to the release, Lightfoot engaged in the “tour” that included six interviews exclusively limited to “journalists of color” and admitted as much in filings relating to a discrimination lawsuit brought by a white journalist last month.
“Mayor Lightfoot’s office today shockingly confirmed to a federal court that she discriminates on the basis of race in the conduct of her public office,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “This racism is blatantly unconstitutional.”
The case began when Lightfoot sent out a letter on the second anniversary of her term in office, which became part of the court case record.
In the letter from the Office of the Mayor to City Hall reporters, dated May 19, Lightfoot said she would only be granting interviews to “journalists of color” on her second inaugural anniversary.
“As a person of color, I have throughout my adult life done everything that I can to fight for diversity and inclusion in every institution that I have been a part of and being mayor makes me uniquely situated to shine a spotlight on this most important issue,” her letter read. “I wanted to reach out to you directly to ensure you understand my thinking behind this decision.”
When white Daily Caller journalist Thomas Catenacci requested an interview several times with Lightfoot following the announcement, he was met with silence.
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