Can You Spot the Reason People Are Pissed About Paul Ryan's Latest Instagram Post?

Can You Spot the Reason People Are Pissed About Paul Ryan's Latest Instagram Post?
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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.

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

Source: Mic/Instagram

Unfortunately, the photo reflects the very white reality of Capitol Hill: A study released by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in December 2015 found that people of color made up just 7.1% of senior Senate staff, whereas they comprise 36% of the larger U.S. population.

A number of initiatives exist to attract a diverse intern base, but as this photo suggests, government has a long way to go before its members look like the people they represent. 

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