A lack of diversity has marked the Republican convention in Cleveland, where only 18 of the 2,472 national delegates are black and Hispanic representatives such as Jessica Fernandez acknowledged having felt like " a unicorn."
The diversity controversy began with a photo posted by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan on his Instagram account on the eve of the convention. In it he posed for a selfie with party interns in the Capitol building in Washington.
Univision took this image, which sparked comments about the lack of diversity among Republican ranks, to analyze what the photo would look like if the interns proportionally represented the ethnic and racial composition of the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of the 173 people in the photograph, 106 would be white (61% of the population), 29 Hispanic (17%), 22 black (13%) and 10 Asian (5%).
The lack of diversity in Cleveland has caused discontent among black and Hispanic Republicans. Of the 71 primetime speakers scheduled, only seven were African Americans, and three Latino. Small details like the convention center elevators didn't help: organizers designated them using the colors of the American flag. The result? An unintended but painful evocation of segregation.
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) July 16, 2016