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Ethnic Emojis! Oh My!
By: Shalice Sherald
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The new iOS 8.3 update included a special delight. The new ethnic emojis have dropped!

When word got out late last year that Apple was getting ready to release the new emojis, the anticipation was incredible! When they finally arrived, the excitement was apparent. The color palette included six different skin tones between white and brown.  

As exciting as it is for the African American community to have emojis that represent our skin tone, other races are just as excited. Although many have felt as though the original emojis were more closely related to Caucasians, they were really more closely related to the Simpsons.

Ethnic emojis have taken many social media platforms by storm in both positive and negative ways. Happiness is always accompanied by the cynical jokes of those around us. Because they're so much of a hit amongst the masses, the new emojis have also been accompanied by those who have to make a mockery of the people.

Even with all of the negative and racist comments being made using the new racially diverse emojis, Apple has definitely taken a huge step in the right direction. Apple has made history, being the first to release emojis that make everyone feel as though they can equally be represented in the virtual life as well as their real lives.

Kudos to Apple for including all! With more changes to come in the future, I'm sure the emojis may soon resemble all of us sooner than we think.

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Shalice Sherald is an artist from Detroit, Michigan. She's a person with passion for life, love, and HAPPYness. Love. Dream. Create.
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