In an Interracial Relationship? There’s an Emoji for That.
Unicode, the makers of keyboard emojis, recently added interracial couples to the mix. The change followed Tinder’s 2018 #representlove campaign, whose petition received over 50,000 signatures.
Interracial representation has slowly become more common in the media, including in print ads, television ads, and movies and TV shows. The Unicode update—which also includes same-sex couples—is another step in the right direction.
The need for representation might seem trivial to those who frequently see themselves mirrored in the world around them. But interracial adults and children, as well as those in interracial relationships, often feel othered by their invisibility. The ability to use an emoji that visually reflects one’s reality normalizes that reality and makes it part of the mainstream.
It may not feel logical for Tinder to be so invested in the production of interracial emojis. After all, the emojis aren’t connected directly to their platform, but rather to cellphone keyboards themselves—to be used in any app. But Tinder is quick to explain why they started the campaign.
“Research shows that online dating and interracial relationships go hand in hand. In fact, a recent study suggested that Tinder, and the resulting increased popularity of dating apps, may be responsible for an increase in interracial marriages.”
Whether an interracial couple meets online or through a more traditional medium, the growing popularity of social media and texting makes this change extremely relevant for the 21st century user. And in addition to being a groundbreaking change, it’s just plain fun.
Look for these emojis later this year… then share what they mean to you!