TWITTER

White House Interns Overwhelmingly White and Male: Photo

President Donald Trump made waves during a White House intern photo op during which time he told a female reporter to “Be quiet.” But now, photos of those very same interns have circulated and become a story of their own due to the blatant message the photo sends: the White House’s interns are overwhelmingly white and male.


The White House website does not offer statistics specifically on the demographics of its interns. But one look at a photo sends the message loud and clear.

Females make up just over half of the population, according to the United States Census Bureau, but are not even equally represented among Trump’s White House interns. Also according to the Census Bureau, 44.2 percent of millennials are ethnically diverse. The interns appear to be almost entirely white.

As reported by The Washington Post, “Republican voters are largely white and older, and the White House can only choose interns based on the applicant pool. Nevertheless, the photo serves as evidence that the next wave of Republican leaders are not representative of America’s changing demographics. Without a change of course, future leaders of the GOP won’t reflect the experiences of the majority of people they seek to govern.”

At least one person on Twitter reported the interns’ demographics as:

DiversityInc could not independently confirm these statistics.

In contrast, a photo of former President Barack Obama’s interns appears to show much more diversity in terms of race as well as gender.

WHITE HOUSE ARCHIVES

According to Pew Research Center, 54 percent of registered voters who are white are Republicans or lean toward the Republican Party. Seven percent of Black, 27 percent of Hispanic and 27 percent of Asian registered voters are Republicans or lean Republican.

Regarding gender diversity, 51 percent of male and 38 percent of female registered voters identify with or lean toward the Republican Party.

Even using Pew’s standards, the photo of the interns appears to over represent white male Americans registered with or leaning toward the Republican Party. The trend among the interns indicates that Republican leadership will remain overwhelmingly white and male.

Diversity in politics is by no means just a Republican issue, but Republicans are behind when compared to Democrats. According to the Rutgers-based Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), women comprise just 19.5 percent of Congress, accounting for 105 seats in both the House of Representatives and Senate. Roughly three-quarters of the women in Congress are Democrats.

Trump’s cabinet also displays a lack of diversity. In April the Center for American Progress tweeted that Trump’s cabinet is “more white and male than any” since former President Ronald Reagan was in office.

The New York Times echoed this claim in an article last updated in May.

According to Politifact, this claim is “mostly” truthful:

“The only other president who challenges Trump’s standing is George H.W. Bush, whose first cabinet was 71 percent white male. But Bush had fewer cabinet members, according to the New York Times’ article. So, the percentage of nonwhite and women cabinet members combined in his cabinet is higher than Trump’s cabinet.

But looking at each demographic individually white and male changes the picture.

Trump’s cabinet has a [higher] percentage of white males out of any first cabinet since Reagan, but he does not have the highest percentage of males.

That distinction belongs to George H.W. Bush whose cabinet was 89 percent male. Females makes up a little more than 16 percent of Trump’s cabinet, but only made up 11 percent of George H.W. Bush’s.

You have to go back to Reagan to find a more white and more male cabinet. White males comprised 90 percent of his first cabinet. (It’s worth noting Reagan had 17 white males to Trump’s 18. Reagan’s cabinet is considered less diverse, though, because he had even less people in his cabinet.)”

The White House intern photo may have stirred up feelings of dj vu, as it echoes House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) selfie with more than 100 Capitol Hill interns, which also shows a shocking lack of diversity.

I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie. #SpeakerSelfie.

A photo posted by Speaker Paul Ryan (@speakerryan) on

Just days after Ryan posted his selfie, a photo circulated of Democratic House and Congressional Black Caucus interns. This photo appeared to show significantly more racial diversity.

“In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” -Maya Angelou #DemInternSelfie @HouseDemocrats

A post shared by Rep. Terri Sewell (@repterriasewell) on

Read more news @ DiversityInc.com

Latest News

Three BASF Women Leaders Honored at the Manufacturing Institute’s 2021 STEP Ahead Awards

Originally published at basf.com. BASF ranked No. 12 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   Three BASF leaders in manufacturing were among 130 women recognized nationally at The Manufacturing Institute’s ninth annual STEP Ahead Awards. Focusing on science, technology, engineering and production (STEP), the program recognizes women…

Wells Fargo Pledges $1 Million to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for HBCU Seniors

Originally published at newsroom.wf.com. Wells Fargo ranked No. 25 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   Wells Fargo and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) are teaming up to help close the graduation gap for college seniors attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The $1 million Thurgood Marshall…

Hershey Employees and Retirees in the US and Canada Pledged More Than $900,000 in 2021 To Support Nonprofit Organizations

Originally published on LinkedIn. The Hershey Company ranked No. 10 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.    Each year, our Season of Giving campaign encourages Hershey employees to make a difference by supporting nonprofit organizations which they find to be meaningful. Employees and retirees in…

Creating Windows and Mirrors: Hershey’s Amber Murayi on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the ‘World’s Top Female-Friendly Company’

Amber Murayi is the Hershey Company’s Senior Director of Enterprise Strategy & Business Model Innovation & Co-lead of the Women’s Business Resource Group. The Hershey Company ranked No. 10 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.    My position affords me a unique view of DEI…

book banning

American Library Association Documents 155 Attempts at Banning Books About POC or LGBTQ Issues in the Last 6 Months

In a depressing turn for anyone who thought society may have outgrown book burning or censorship of books over the last 100 years, it appears the hate-filled phenomenon is back on the rise, increasing with alarming frequency across the country. CNN’s Nicole Chavez has reported the American Library Association “has…