The White House just released a portrait of its class of 2018 spring interns and it literally gives a whole new meaning to the “white” in the White House.
As President Donald Trump posed with a 91-member class on March 30, Twitter users were quick to point out the interns lacked diversity, to put it mildly. Many compared the interns to those in the Obama-era and the startling difference in ethnic representation in the interns serving the White House in 2018.
Notice anything wrong with this picture?— Joe Madison (@MadisonSiriusXM) March 31, 2018
These are the White House interns. Emphasis on white. pic.twitter.com/Ndzr7rLFpa
Here's Obama's WH interns. pic.twitter.com/Dz8gTJc3qK— CallMeMel?? (@PrezWhorenozzle) April 2, 2018
Trump has already been accused of racial and gender discrimination, when he called certain African countries, “shithole” countries. He also drafted a “Muslim ban” that came under fire for marginalizing ethnicities and inculcating an extremist mind set into the general American population. The Trump administration has also been involved in long standing prejudice against undocumented immigrants after the president ordered a repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal and administration officials reportedly forced DREAMers in custody to complete their pregnancy terms against their will. Trump also has been adamant on building a Mexican border wall, so much so, he threatened to veto the omnibus spending bill because it lacked funding for the wall. The list goes on and on.
One would assume that Trump would look to shut down these reports and make sure people of color are added into the mix to show a complete picture of an ethnically diverse America. However, the president, or whoever picked the new class of interns, made no attempt for a more inclusive class of 91 individuals.
Naturally, Twitter users went all in on the Trump administration for excluding a vast chunk of American population to present an unrealistic picture of a beautifully diverse nation.
It seems the black man, has been put in the corner, of this administration. Literally and politically.— Andreas F. Hansen (@AndreasFHansen1) April 1, 2018
The spring White House Intern photo pic.twitter.com/GL9VpjGq2u— M?TT PÜNK (@MattPunkArt) March 31, 2018
The Trump White House interns could be the whitest group I’ve ever encountered.— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) March 30, 2018
And I’m including the Nantucket Yacht Club. pic.twitter.com/QDTXHUPN74
Yup.— Molly Dillon (@mollyd522) March 31, 2018
And this was my White House intern class (summer 2012). pic.twitter.com/CRGCXg2OQ6
If you change the photo of the new White House interns to black-and-white, it becomes the picture from the end of The Shining pic.twitter.com/ALAYtBs9jw— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) March 31, 2018
Meet your White House spring interns, it’s qwhite the group. pic.twitter.com/q34ColBnSd— Simar (@sahluwal) March 31, 2018
1 year later, little has changed— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) March 31, 2018
•38% People of Color
•31% White Women
•31% White Men
2018 White House Interns:
•4% People of Color
•44% White Women
•52% White Men
This is what "#MAGA" looks like?? pic.twitter.com/Wt4QSLSXAr
Two White House intern classes: 206 total interns and only 3 African Americans. In a country that’s 40% non-white.— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) April 1, 2018
And Democrats are the ones who are out of touch with America? https://t.co/LEW9YSqxKb
The White House has declined to comment on the reaction to the intern photo or confirm the amount of people of color that applied for the internship.
Thumbnail/Banner Credits: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead