The activist group Anti-Racism International (ARI) on Friday called for Apple to pay a price for the racist information that has been used in its anti-racist products, saying that the company has “failed to address racism in its products.”
The group is calling on the Cupertino company to “do the right things” to address racist products and the racist content that has appeared on them.
The organization’s president, Richard Gere, wrote in a letter that the Cuperer’s “failure to do anything to stop this is a tragedy.”
ARI’s letter to Apple follows a petition on Change.org that has more than 2.3 million signatures.
In it, the organization said Apple’s “anti-racism product platform is an abomination.”
“The Cupertinos failure to respond to our call for accountability and change is a disgrace, and an insult to the victims of the racism that has plagued the world for so long,” the group said in a statement.
The letter cited a 2016 study published in the American Journal of Public Health that found that black people were four times more likely to die from heart disease or stroke than white people, according to the New York Times.
“We are disappointed to see that Apple has failed to take action against this racism,” ARI said in the letter.
Apple has responded to the group’s calls for accountability.
In a statement, Apple said, “Apple is committed to addressing discrimination and the challenges that diversity brings to the world.”
“We do not believe that there should be any place for racism in our products,” the statement added.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, who is black, said in April that the anti-racists in the group would be “happy to see the company respond to the demand for an apology and pay a cost to the racism it perpetuates.”
“I think this is just the beginning of an ongoing discussion, a conversation about the legacy of racism in the company,” Cook said.
“It’s a conversation that has gone on for years.
I don’t think it’s a new issue.
It’s been around a long time.
I think it is important for us to address that.”
In a letter to the American Public Health Association, the company said it is “committed to addressing any and all discrimination against any individual based on race or ethnicity.”
The company has a history of not responding to consumer concerns, including one time when a customer called the company with a complaint that the product had a racist look.
Apple did not respond to requests for comment.
The anti-RACism International letter also called on Apple to change the logo for its new iPhone, saying it “is an abominable representation of a lynch mob and is completely offensive and inhumane to the people of the United States.”
“This logo is racist and should be changed,” the letter said.
Apple, which is a $2.9 billion company, has had a troubled relationship with the anti and anti-black communities.
In 2017, the iPhone maker had to make changes to its logo after backlash against the company’s Confederate flag.
In the past, Apple has also faced criticism for its support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The company was fined by the Federal Trade Commission in 2016 for misleading consumers about the health benefits of wearing certain types of masks.
It also was accused of violating the federal Fair Housing Act for refusing to sell earbuds made by an African American manufacturer, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.