Troubling Lack of Diversity in Schumer Political Circle


An info-graphic in the latest issue of the New Republic magazine reveals a troubling lack of diversity in the political network of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), the Senate’s third-ranking Democrat.

The image lays out the senator’s many connections to fellow politicians, advocacy groups, government officials, and private companies.

The individuals in Schumer’s political network, however, are overwhelmingly people of pallor.

The cover story of the issue of the New Republic that contains the map of Schumer’s Caucasian caucus: “Original Sin: Why the GOP Is and Will Continue to Be the Party of White People.”

Republicans recently welcomed Sen. Tim Scott (R., S.C.), who defeated former Sen. Strom Thurmond’s son in a 2010 House race, to the Upper Chamber. Scott was the only African-American senator until the appointment of William “Mo” Cowan to fill John Kerry’s vacated Massachusetts seat.

A full-sized version of the graphic can be seen here.

The senator’s office did not respond to a request for comment.