‘Extreme Wokeism’: Chicago Mayor Lightfoot reportedly only granting interviews to black journalists (op-ed)

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CHICAGO, IL – A storm is brewing in The Windy City over revelations that Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot is restricting one-on-one interviews to only black journalists, leaving other journalists out in the cold based on the color of their skin.

In what can only be called “extreme wokeism” (this writer made that term up, but it might catch on), the Mayor has apparently decided that only questions and concerns of minority journalists matter. The decision has resulted in a racist policy of white cancel culture.

NBC 5 Chicago political reporter Mary Ann Ahern mentioned the policy while marking the two-year midpoint of Mayor Lightfoot’s term:

“As @chicagosmayor reaches her two-year midway point as mayor, her spokeswoman says Lightfoot is granting 1 on 1 interviews – only to Black or Brown journalists.”

The claim has been confirmed by two other Chicago-area journalists, who also spoke up on Twitter.

WTTW Chicago Tonight anchor Paris Schutz replied to Ahern’s tweet, saying he was told the same thing by the Mayor’s office.

When George Cardenas, Alderman for the 12 Ward and Chairman of Environmental Protection and Energy, asked how the policy could be true, Chicago political reporter Heather Cherone replied that she could “confirm” the story.

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines racism as “oppression of a racial group to the social, economic, and political advantage of another.”

If the claims of the reporters are true, Mayor Lightfoot has oppressed people who have white skin to the political and social advantage of black reporters. Until the Mayor’s office responds to questions, it remains unclear whether the policy includes the oppression of other minority groups.

Dictionary.com defines censorship as “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.”

A policy that restricts access to the news coming out of the Mayor’s office or restricts the ability of the Fourth Estate to question public figures, especially based on racial criteria, is the worst sort of censorship.

Civil Rights Icon Bob Woodson attacked Lightfoot for what he called her racist policy, saying the Mayor is trying to fight racism with racism:

“They’re using racism to conquer racism. We fought to get white pigs away from the trough not to replace them with black pigs. We fought to get pigs away from the trough.

“What they are doing is so insulting and demeaning to black America. The assumption is that unless and until white people change and reform, there is little we can do as if we have no agency, that we have no understanding of what the path forward is.”

It is unclear if the interview censorship applies to all journalists, or just those local to Chicago, where her voters live. The mayor granted a one-on-one interview Monday with MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, a national journalist who is also white.

While the Mayor spends time stirring the winds of controversy with her alleged racist censorship policy, the people of her city are caught in their own storm of violence.

Just Tuesday, two people were killed, and 12 others shot in Chicago, including a 16-year-old boy. Twelve people were shot on Monday, and three died.

At least 42 people were shot over the weekend in the city, and five of them have died. The shootings include the wounding of a toddler injured in a drive-by shooting.

2020 ended with 769 homicides on Chicago streets, 274 more than the previous year, and the most since the 784 homicides in 2016.

The latest shooting victim figures show 2020 ended with 4,033 shooting victims compared with 2,598 the year before.

The Mayor’s Office did not respond to Law Enforcement Today’s request for comment.

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Gun-controlled Chicago: Toddler, 2, and rapper among 42 shot in weekend violence that left five dead

May 16, 2021

 

CHICAGO, IL – This weekend brought cause for celebration to much of the country following the recent loosening of pandemic restrictions, but for the people of Chicago, it was just another violent weekend.

At least 42 people were shot this weekend in the city, and five of them have died. The shootings include the wounding of a toddler injured in a drive-by shooting.

Just before 7 p.m. on Friday night, someone drove up alongside a car the 2-year-old girl was riding in the 2800-block of 26th Street and fired into the vehicle, striking the child.

The toddler was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg and is listed in good condition, according to police. No one has been charged in the shooting.

The first fatal shooting of the weekend occurred at 1148 p.m. on Friday when police heard gunshots and observed an 18-year-old man running carrying a rifle. The man had been shot in the back and in the arm.

The man was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

A 32-year-old man was located near the scene with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital.

In a multiple shooting incident, three men were shot in a parking garage at 0:50 a.m. on Saturday. Police reported they discovered the men with gunshot wounds, and medics transported them to area hospitals. The ages were 20, 27, and 28 years old.

Social media reported that Chicago rapper Lil Reese was reportedly one of the victims shot during the incident.

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The 20-year-old was shot in the knee, and his condition is unknown. The two other men had multiple gunshot wounds and were listed in critical condition.

At 6:37 p.m. on Saturday, two men were shot and wounded in the 400 block of East 63rd Street in West Woodlawn. They were in a car when at least one assailant came up and fired shots.

Around 4 a.m. on Saturday, two people were killed and three others were injured in a shooting at a yard party in Auburn Gresham. The shooting took place around 4 a.m. in the 7800 block of Loomis Boulevard.

Police reported that a man opened fire on the party and then fled the scene.

A 38-year-old man was shot in the thigh and a 60-year-old man was shot in the face. They were both taken to U of C Medical Center. Their condition was not known.

The weekend’s violence is nothing new to city residents. Last weekend was much of the same with 26 people hurt and five people killed in shootings.

When Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) took office in 2019, she vowed to stop gun violence in the city.

During her inaugural address, Lightfoot said that she has “no higher calling” than restoring safety and peace in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

She stressed during the speech:

 “Enough of the shooting. Enough of the guns. Enough of the violence.”

Despite her promise, after three years of falling homicide totals, 2020 ended with 769 homicides, 274 more than the previous year and the most since the 784 homicides in 2016.

The latest shooting victim figures show 2020 ended with 4,033 shooting victims compared with 2,598 the year before.

In a column written for the Joyce Foundation last month, Chicago journalist and author David Mendell wrote:

“Lightfoot, after all, came into office 23 months ago proclaiming that ending Chicago’s unyielding neighborhood violence would be her top priority, only to see homicides jump 50 percent during her second year in office.

“The mayor has become the face of the city’s inability to tackle the issue that never seems to leave us—neighborhood violence and murdered young people.”


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