I think this has gotten out of hand. I get it, the interns are all White. “An obvious sign of racism.” Let me ask this, how would the Black community feel towards any Black intern serving in Trump’s White House? Would we be supportive, or are we going to roast that person the way we did Omarosa, or Ben Carson?
I see this as a no-win, which means we’ve gone too far. We have become too critical, looking too hard for signs of racism in an administration we don’t have to look too hard for legit examples.
Yes, I think that this White House has a racist mindset when it comes to PR and policy. The way we’re referred to as “the Blacks” and the Tweets on Cinco de Mayo, the way minorities were described during campaign speeches, there’s plenty of instances to quote. I just wrote three articles today about racism and immigration. I am in no way defending obvious bigotry. However, at the same time, as critics of failure, we have to be careful to avoid the “damned if you do” entrapment. If we are going to be bothered by an all-White staffing selection, then we have to be more accepting of minorities when they are staffed. We cannot sacrifice our sense of tolerance in our fight against a culture of intolerance. We can’t be hypocrites when fighting hypocrisy.
(correction, these aren’t WH interns, they are Senate pages, per Pence’s original tweet)
Great work by the Fall 2017 Page Class, who graduate this week and will return to their homes across the country. Spoke with them about their work on the Hill and what they plan to do to help our Nation in the future. Inspiring group! pic.twitter.com/ym9oVE41rH
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 24, 2018