Oh, Paul Ryan… what have you done?
Remember when the editors from Huffington Post tried to post a group selfie to show off how many women they had on staff, but — whoops! — accidentally forgot to hire any people of color? Remember how they got totally raked over the coals for that? Their hurry to show off how many women they had blinded them, which kind of happened to Ryan yesterday, too. He was trying to show off how many young people are interested in politics but once again, failed spectacularly when it came to diversity among those young people.
Some comments over on the Instagram post include, “Operation: Find Melanin” and “This is why our leaders can’t understand the problems in the inner city and African American issues. The is a farm of like minded individuals.”
It’s only gotten worse on Twitter, where #InternsSoWhite has been used to lampoon the pic.
— Happy_Dem (@Happy_Dem) July 17, 2016
— Mike Rylander (@MikeRylander) July 17, 2016
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) July 17, 2016
An editor from HuffPo even got in there to exact a little revenge:
There’s something about this photo, I can’t quite place it… pic.twitter.com/ZahcIHHTva
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) July 17, 2016
HuffPo isn’t the only big publication that has faced criticism over its lack of diversity, though, and others, like Gawker, were promptly dragged into the fray just to be insulted:
@Gawker wait never mind just spotted a black person sitting near the back; hope I have not offended with this mistake
— Caity Weaver (@caityweaver) July 17, 2016
Last but not least, Ryan’s colleagues have spoken out, too:
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) July 18, 2016
Ryan hasn’t responded to the criticism.
[image via Instagram]
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