Updated diverse emojis an afterthought for progress

Emoticons have become a vital necessity in the American way of life. When you’re missing someone you send them the “sad face” emoji. When you like somebody’s picture on Instagram you comment three “heart eye” emojis in the comment section and hope they get the memo.
Even when you’re hungry, there is an emoticon for almost every food category possible. In a world where emojis can describe thoughts or actions, we are thinking or doing at every moment, one would have to assume that there is an emoticon for everything. Emoticons represent nearly everything under the sun, except for on thing, race.
Recently apple released an iOS 8.3 update that comes with 300 new emojis. The emoji characters have been a serious hit, so apple pledged to make the characters more diverse after users protested that some races were being under represented or not represented at all.
This is a big deal for some and yet a minor one at the same time. It is a big deal because when Apple first produced the original emoticons the idea was to represent all walks of life, cultures, thoughts, and emotions. So why weren’t all races considered in the first place? If we as Americans are spending our money on Apple products, and Apple is representing all races through emoticons, then it should not be an afterthought to include diverse races; it should be the only thought.
The issues of race are common in the lives of Americans today who are often blinded by the color of someone’s skin. It is prevalent that even when it comes to emojis, it takes those who see the racial barriers to bring it to the attention of those who don’t necessarily see it all. Progress will occur when the inclusion of all American races becomes a lifestyle, and not an afterthought.
I believe we must consider the fact that change doesn’t occur unless someone speaks out about an issue. Hopefully that change won’t be a change anymore it will just be the way things are.

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