Apple Finally Brings Racial Equality To Emoji
When texting your friends, you can find everything from a bloody syringe to a long list of colorful food emojis, but never has there been a wide range of racially diverse emoji.
However, Apple has finally said no more to the racial inequality, by introducing a new set of emojis for the world to use. Because we all thought the world was full of white people, right?
Until now the only racially diverse emojis to be found in the long list of them, have been two women and a young boy of seemingly Asian descent, a darker skinned man wearing a turban, and a stout faced man with a Cossack hat.
Apple users will now be able to take advantage of the over 300 new emoji characters, which include a same-sex marriage emoji and 32 new flags, as well as the ability to change the skin color of their emojis through the Apple iOS and OSX system updates using a specific emoji keyboard.
While this seems like a step in the right direction, some people question the yellow tone skin of some of the emojis you can choose from. Is their attempt at racial consciousness an actual step backward?
An Apple analyst, Rene Ritchie, answered all our burning questions tweeting, "the yellow emoji aren’t meant to represent a skin tone. They’re default emoji yellow. Tap to hold to get one of the five skin tones choices." So the yellow skin tone, isn’t really a skin tone at all, just a default setting.
We were worried- now we’re not.
Now our new burning question is, where’s the ginger representation?