Hi this is Alanna. When I was making a little poem about how we should respect our differences and love each other for who we are (I love writing), I thought it would be really cute if I could put a pattern of all different little emoji people holding hands at the bottom. I went on the emoji keyboard on my iPad and realized that all the little people basically look the same.
I knew about change.org from my Youth Empowered Action summer camp, and I really wanted to include more diverse emojis of all races so I decided to create a petition.
Right now, the emojis are almost all Caucasian, but not everyone is Caucasian. I saw that they included two gay couples, an Indian dude, a Russian dude (I think), and some Asian people. But they didn't have any African Americans, Latinos, or many Asians with the exception of maybe 1. I may be 12 years old (now 13), but I know that racism is a major issue in America, and though this may seem like a small issue, it is part of a bigger whole.
I have learned that emoji is really part of a complicated language called Unicode and that Google and Apple can help to design new and diverse people for emoji. Though they might not understand this, it is a form of racism to put others down just because their skin is a different tone. What's more messed up than that? So I am writing a friendly letter to tell them that we'd like to see an improvment to their keyboard.
So I belive that if people start to change the small things, those bigger things will change too. My mom is always telling me "We are all one, we are all connected" and she is right, if we change these emoji's, people would start to recognize, hey everyone's different, and we all got emoji's. Not just that, but it'd be really cool to see an Indian family, Latino child, or African-American dancer. All people are unique and different, this is what makes all of us special. So I really do hope Apple and Google will support my petition. I hope you will sign it, too.
Thank you, everyone.