Democrats love to claim that Republicans use racist “dog whistles.” But Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D – Chicago) is barking like one of those German Shepherds that Democrat National Committeeman and Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor sicced on black civil rights activists in Birmingham, Alabama, in the early 1960s. One must go that far back, into the Jim Crow era, to find a public official as openly racist as the Windy City’s top government leader.
Like a female George Wallace of color, Lightfoot denounced Chicago’s press corps for its “overwhelming whiteness and maleness.” Even worse, and astonishingly, she announced that she would ban white journalists from interviewing her, one on one.
This is pure, unfiltered bigotry.
Lightfoot’s policy also is an undisputed violation of every civil rights statute — local, state, and federal — that clearly prohibits the government from discriminating against citizens on the basis of skin color. This is precisely and explicitly what Mayor Lightfoot is doing.
She also is creating racial division where none should exist.
If a black journalist interviews Lightfoot, this almost certainly will breed jealousy and resentment among that journalist’s white colleagues. And not just the usual professional envy and rivalry, but those same feelings amid the added flames of racial resentment.
How does this help anyone?
Imagine if President Donald J. Trump declared that he would grant one-on-one interviews only to white journalists. America’s streets would be clogged with protesters. Statues would be flying from pedestals. And House Democrats would be plotting their third impeachment.
Also, Lightfoot essentially is complaining about the house paint being too white, even as the entire residence burns to the ground.
The most egregious crimes are exploding in Chicago, year-on-year:
Criminal sexual assault: Up 12 percent.
Murder: Up 22 percent.
Shooting incidents: Up 33 percent.
Rather than a war on white journalists, Mayor Lightfoot should declare war on criminals. And, immediately afterward, Lori Lightfoot should resign for her blatant, vile, un-American act of 200-proof racism.