Apple and Google: Support Equality. Make Diverse Emojis!
  • Petitioning Tim Cook

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Apple Software Company
Tim Cook
CEO and Co-Founder
Larry Page

Apple and Google: Support Equality. Make Diverse Emojis!

    1. Alanna Curtis
    2. Petition by

      Alanna Curtis

      Central Mass, MA

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 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.


Alanna Curtis

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ashley Shadrock ADKINS, TX
      • 25 days ago

      Because all people should be respected no matter who they are.

    • Kelsey Coutorie DICKINSON, TX
      • 28 days ago

      The world is changing. people need to accept the change and diversity of the world now and the more little things like this we do I really think we will have more acceptance.

    • Clement Allou PORTSMOUTH, OH
      • 29 days ago


    • matthew fansler SPRING HILL, FL
      • 29 days ago

      equal rights

    • Kristle Owusu COLUMBUS, OH
      • 29 days ago

      I am a black woman and if there are white women there why aren't black women there?


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