Sasheer Zamata talks Diversity (lack of) among the Emoji (US) community

Sasheer Zamata talks Diversity (lack of) among the Emoji (US) community
Published: 16 December 2014 | by Ray Magaya Tshuma
When the black power fist looks as white as snow, then defending the leaps and bounds of silicon valley's diversity in the last 10 years becomes a hard task. 

A task made harder by the talented up and coming comedian Sasheer Zamata who used her Saturday Night Live debut to magnificently sum up the prevalent problem that has been plaguing not just the American Tech industry but America as whole. 

Taking the Que from the creative genius of Unicode, the company responsible for most of the emoji we use on all cross platform keyboards ranging from Apple's iOS to Whats App, Sasheer managed to deliver a story in images of how difficult life can be for those of a darker complexion, she tactfully used her inability to express herself in emoji as a simile of navigating the treacherous waters of surviving in America as a black person; A topic hot on everybody's lips after the death of Eric Gardener.

She used the fact that Unicode found it easier to create three generations of a white family than it was to create a black to show how black people are easily overlooked for position in favor of white people who in most cases, are less capable.  

Her emoji picture stories highlighted how things like a darken moon are considered black to bulk up anorexic diversity within American industries. The use of a balling ball and three pins to represent a black man with three white officers was the cream of crop as it showed how everywhere you look, black man are considered either unworthy of mention or a threat to be dealt with. 

With this short sketch, Sasheer brought back the Chris Rock magic like comedy that confronted social issues with such pose and ease, one would be forgiven for forgetting that once the laughter dies down, serious conversations will follow. 


Here is a clip of Sasheer's incredible debut :










Ngiyabonga!

- uMR
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