White House, white president, white interns?
That appears to be the going trend for the Trump administration, which is getting some serious flak for its nearly all-white class of summer interns. While it hasn’t yet released this summer’s group photo, as would usually happen, Vox’s Emily Stewart got hold of it, revealing it in an article Wednesday.
As might have been expected, Twitter immediately took note, brewing a firestorm of controversy. Users began sharing the photo and adding captions suggesting others take a look to see if they noticed anything peculiar.
While there are a few non-white faces in the crowd, they are surrounded by a virtual sea of apparent homogeneity, which prompted a slew of remarks on the administration’s non-diverse selection from a country in which nearly half of millennials are minorities, as Vox noted.
One writer at the outlet cautioned anyone viewing the photo to “use a hole punched in a shoe box, or a special pair of glasses.”
“This much whiteness can burn the retinas,” he tweeted.
Here is the official White House photo of the Summer 2018 Intern Class, which the White House refused to release to the press. (You can see Trump standing in the center.) Go ahead, enlarge it. See if you can find a single non-white person in the photo. pic.twitter.com/DwbWw9Oh0o
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) August 29, 2018
Okay, I'm not a great mathematician but I count possibly 6 POC out of about 125. Isn't that about 5% percent? America is appx 45% POC I believe, so yeah, he gets an F as usual.
— King of the Thicc (@TheMRMann) August 30, 2018
Having taken heat in the past for its photos of all-white groups of White House interns, the White House opted this year to … not release a photo. https://t.co/Uh8jvgc3IP
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 29, 2018
What is wrong with this photograph of the Summer 2018 White House intern class? pic.twitter.com/jIpTUIBFmU
— Jeffrey Guterman, Ph.D. (@JeffreyGuterman) August 29, 2018
The @WhiteHouse seems to have forgotten to release this year’s especially #MAGA intern photo. I wonder why.
Lucky for us, @voxdotcom obtained a leaked copy.#whitesplosion pic.twitter.com/vqeVZk4L6j
— Todd Breasseale (@TBreassealeDHS) August 29, 2018
I’m pretty sure they mean “White, House Interns.” Commas matter! pic.twitter.com/Vj3d8gAfts
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) August 30, 2018
A picture is worth a thousand words. 2018 Whitehouse interns. The same is true for the Trump administration. FYI, 40% of American citizens are people of color. pic.twitter.com/Ux72d4NnOj
— K Miller (@KMiller45046553) August 30, 2018