Chicago Mayor Will Only Give 1-on-1 Interviews to Journalists of Color

Be Black or Brown or no interview with Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago.
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Gregory Pratt

Politicians Shouldn't Get to Choose Those Who Cover Them

"I am a Latino reporter @chicagotribune whose interview request was granted for today," Pratt tweeted. "However, I asked the mayor’s office to lift its condition on others and when they said no, we respectfully canceled. Politicians don’t get to choose who covers them."

Totally Missing the Boat

Trump allegedly did the same thing, so that makes it right?!

Bizarre 

Indeed. It would be easy enough to simply not grant interviews to white males without making a fuss about it. 

Lightfoot wanted to stir up a scene, and did. 

Overwhelming Whiteness and Maleness

"Diversity and inclusion is imperative across all institutions including media. In order to progress we must change," she continued. "This is exactly why I'm being intentional about prioritizing media requests from POC reporters on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city."

Lightfoot wrote that since she began her campaign for mayor, she has been "struck" by the "overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media outlets, editorial boards, the political press corps, and yes, the City Hall press corps specifically."

The above snip from NBC Chicago.

Meanwhile, in Seattle 

CBS reports Seattle loses almost 20% of police force amid year of nationwide protests: "We're not allowed to intercede"

According to one social justice group, more than $840 million were cut from U.S. police budgets in 2020.

This has caused a shortage of police in Seattle. The police chief tells CBS News that 260 officers, which is almost 20 percent of the force, have left in the past year and a half.

Officer Clayton Powell has served nearly 27 years on the streets of Seattle. He said it was his goal to stay on the force for 30 years, but even though he is three years away from that goal, he's retiring early.

Last summer's protests over the killing of George Floyd led to violent clashes with Seattle police. Powell said the stress on officers was compounded by city leaders' decisions to abandon a police precinct and letting demonstrators, some armed, occupy an entire neighborhood for a whole month. As a result, Powell said he and other officers had rocks, bottles, and in some cases, cinder blocks thrown at them, and they had to "stand there and take it."

"When you see businesses get destroyed and families lose their livelihood because of that destruction and we can't do anything about it. We're not allowed to intercede," he said.

Math is Racist

2+2 may or may not

To Promote Equality, California Proposes a Ban on Advanced Math Classes

On May 4, I noted To Promote Equality, California Proposes a Ban on Advanced Math Classes

I went through hundreds of pages of pure nonsense outlining the proposals.

I missed some doozies that the Wall Street journal picked up on May 18 in California Leftists Try to Cancel Math Class.

This manual claims that teachers addressing students’ mistakes forthrightly is a form of white supremacy. It sets forth indicators of “white supremacy culture in the mathematics classroom,” including a focus on “getting the right answer,” teaching math in a “linear fashion,” requiring students to “show their work” and grading them on demonstrated knowledge of the subject matter. “The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false,” the manual explains. “Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuates ‘objectivity.’ ” Apparently, that’s also racist.

The proposal’s agenda becomes clear when it says math should be taught so it can be used for “social justice.” It extols a fictional teacher who uses class to develop her students’ “sociopolitical consciousness.” Math, it says, is a tool to “change the world.” Teachers are supposed to adopt a “culturally relevant pedagogy,” which includes “the ability to identify, analyze and solve real-world problems, especially those that result in societal inequalities.”

Frightening Wokeism

People ought to be frightened by this collective Wokeism and many are.

But corporations and parents alike are fearful of speaking out. 

Indeed, corporations are bending over backwards out of fear.  

As noted on February 22, Coca Cola Confirms Training Employees ‘Try To Be Less White’.

Midterm Voter Backlash

I am pondering the midterm elections.

People might be afraid to speak up, but they will not be afraid to vote. 

There is huge potential for a strong voter backlash in the midterm elections over the above issues.  

Add taxes to the list.

Let's not confuse extreme dislike of Trump with support for Progressive nonsense.

Independents and swing voters went against Trump. Will they vote for the Progressive agenda?

All Republicans need to do is stop their unproductive infighting to pick up enough seats to oust Pelosi as speaker. 

Should that happen, Progressives will not get the message. Their battle cry will be Biden was not Progressive enough.

Mish

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