Once again the White House is taking heavy criticism for the lack of diversity among its interns. The administration released a photo Friday showing President Trump posing with the 2018 spring intern class, and like last summer’s White House intern program, the participants are overwhelmingly white.
Here’s the photo:
People were understandably upset and took to Twitter to denounce the lack of diversity.
Political scientist and Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas just about summed it up:
The White House intern photo is like a Where’s Waldo for a non-white person—in a country that is about 40% non-white. pic.twitter.com/UiBLewAurE
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 31, 2018
As did France 24 correspondent Philip Crowther:
The White House has released this photo of Trump with the White House spring interns. Diversity this ain’t. pic.twitter.com/Y1xtTrZIXy
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) March 30, 2018
Rob Bennett from the NYC mayor’s office broke it down by percentages:
Pacific Islander: 1%
— Rob Bennett (@rob_bennett) March 30, 2018
But there was also just a fair amount of outrage:
This is sickening but what can we expect from an administration wanting to Make America White, I mean Great again.
— laShanda (@libragirl75) March 31, 2018
Many compared this class of interns with those from when Barack Obama was in office:
Obama's WH intern pics, even casually examined, reveal a much greater level of diversity and probably more accurately reflects the demographics of our nation. pic.twitter.com/5didm6MJK3
— Daniel Marsh (@Infoseepage) March 31, 2018
White House interns sure look less different these days. pic.twitter.com/T72cobobAa
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) March 30, 2018
White House interns, 2018 and 2015 pic.twitter.com/1ZlWxal931
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) March 31, 2018
A few people felt bad for the lone black intern in the crowd:
I genuinely fear for the safety of the young man at left end of the front row. I feel like I want to run up to him and yell: “Get Out!”
— Paul James (@kuaero87) March 30, 2018
The token black guy sits on the outer edge. Surely a coincidence…
— I am a multitude [c0dew3aver] (@asoupisnotatree) March 31, 2018
Again, this isn’t the first time Trump’s White House has come under fire for it’s lack of diversity among interns:
— emily rochefort (@em_rochefort) July 26, 2017
But Jason asked the question we’re all asking:
Who would want to intern for this Whitehouse?
— Jason Woodley (@JasonWoodley33) March 31, 2018