On Thursday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s house to express their disapproval of her job performance.
Photos and videos posted by demonstrators of the protest on social media, using the hashtag #2Years2Much as the mayor marked two years in office.
It shows protesters carrying signs that gave Lightfoot “F” marks in education, COVID-19 recovery, police reform, housing, and so on, photos posted to social media show.
“It’s not enough to be Black, it’s not enough to be female, you gotta be right,” Tara Stamps, a veteran Chicago Public Schools teacher, said, according to Fox 32 Chicago.
— GoodKidsMadCity (@GKMC18) May 20, 2021
Forty community organizers sponsored the event, including the Chicago Teachers Union, Black Lives Matter Chicago, Illinois Raise Your Hand, GoodKids MadCity, and others, according to a Facebook event page.
“For the past 2 years, Lightfoot’s [a]dministration has continued to ignore the demands of its people,” the event page reads. “This administration has failed on multiple issues — from environmental justice to education to policing to housing and COVID recovery. Join over 30 organizations in calling out Mayor Lightfoot on her [two-]year anniversary and demand that she fulfills her broken promises.”
Lightfoot, who drew national attention throughout the pandemic for her repeated hypocrisy, recently stoked outrage when she determined that she would allow only reporters of colour to interview her as she celebrates her second anniversary as mayor. She doubled down in the face of criticism, claiming such a policy was justified because too many in the Chicago media are white males.
“By now, you may have heard the news that on the occasion of the second anniversary of my inauguration as Mayor of this great City, I will be exclusively providing one-on-one interviews with journalists of colour,” she wrote in a letter. “As a person of colour, 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.”
“I have been struck since my first day on the campaign trail back in 2018 by the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media outlets, editorial boards, the political press corps, and yes, the City Hall press corps specifically,” she continued.
Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) on Friday slammed Lightfoot for what she called “anti-white racism.”
“Mayor Lightfoot’s blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent. I call upon President Biden, Kamala Harris, and other leaders of our county—of all races—to join me in calling for Mayor Lightfoot’s resignation. Our leaders must condemn all racism, including anti-white,” Gabbard tweeted.