Two very different photos of this year's congressional intern class highlight stark differences in each party's racial makeup.
In an Instagram photo posted Saturday by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, a large gathering of congressional interns grinned for the camera. However, folks on social media soon noticed something else about the crowd.Paul Ryan via Instagram
Nearly all of the interns, most of whom are Republican, appear white.
The comments section of the selfie was quickly filled with criticism over the GOP's perceived lack of diversity.
One Instagram user commented, "Shameful. I voted Republican several times but the more I hear and see from this party the more embarrassed I am that I even voted for this party. #diversity."
Another comment read, "Embarrassing the lack of awareness in this photo."
Ryan's photo went viral across other social media platforms along with the hashtag #GOPSoWhite — a play on the recent social media backlash against the lack of diversity at the Oscars.
Twitter user JLD wrote, "This has to be the whitest selfie of all time #GOPSoWhite #RNCinCLE."
Another wrote, "#GOPSoWhite Crayola is officially changing the name of its white crayons to Ryan Selfie"
Ryan's office did not respond to a request for comment.
In response, a large group of Democratic House interns, along with interns from the Congressional Black Caucus, came together to take a photo of their own. The effort, led by Audra Jackson, an intern for Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, is a stark contrast to Ryan's photo.Rep. E.B. Johnson via Twitter