As of this morning, Google has removed the "Make me Asian" and "Make me Indian" apps.
This action by Google came about after intense pressure from Asian Americans and organizations such as 18 Million Rising, as well as wide coverage by the blogosphere, including TigerStartups. In a statement emailed to us, 18MR said:
“These racist apps are no longer available on Google Play to perpetuate offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans. This victory is a step in the right direction to putting an end to the use of damaging racial stereotypes.
Along with our friend Peter Chin, a pastor in DC who was also compelled to take action on these apps, you took an important stand against racism. You were one of the 10,500 strong willing to call these apps out. Thank you for helping to send a clear message that there is a passionate community of people who believe there is no place for tools for racism in the Google Play store, or anywhere else.
We took on Google and racist apps together and won. “
To help empower 18MR, the Asian American civic organization that was extremely instrumental in gathering the community to speak up against these apps, you can help make this community even stronger by sharing this victory with a friend and asking them to join 18MR. So when the next time to stand together comes, we are all ready.
TigerStartups in partnership with 18MR, and in the spirit of celebration, here's a little something from comedian Eliot Chang; fighting stereotypes one hilarious video at a time.
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