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Mon Jul 18, 2016, 02:36 AM Jul 2016

Can you spot the reason the internet took notice of Paul Ryan's selfie?

There's one thing the interns of Capitol Hill have in common, judging by this photo.

On Saturday, House Speaker Paul Ryan snapped a selfie with a large — and largely homogenous — pool of Capitol Hill interns and posted it to Instagram. In light of the picture's racial makeup, his caption struck many users as somewhat tone deaf.

"I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie. #SpeakerSelfie," Ryan captioned the photo.

The highest number of interns in a single frame wasn't the photo's only feat, as commenters were quick to point out.

"And it's a new record for most white people in one photo!" one Instagram user said.


Speaker of the House Paul Ryan probably thought he was being hip and cool when he posted a large panoramic shot of Capitol Hill interns, boasting that it was probably the most interns to ever be featured in one photo.

But when he put the image on Instagram, users of the social media site noticed a certain factor of the photo which Ryan had failed to notice – all of the shiny, smiling faces were white!

The fact that Ryan saw no issue with all of those white faces smiling up at the camera, or that no one had noticed or worked to correct a serious racial diversity issue on Capitol Hill is worrisome.

Now of course white interns are no sin, but the fact that the racial representation was so woefully deficient is just another symptom of racial relations in America. At every level, our government fails to reflect the diversity of the country it is meant to represent.

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Can you spot the reason the internet took notice of Paul Ryan's selfie? (Original Post) Liberal_in_LA Jul 2016 OP
they are not "all white"..just mostly white. nt msongs Jul 2016 #1
Yep. MADem Jul 2016 #2
Oh dear! Lil Missy Jul 2016 #3
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