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Sigh…. Why are these things so hard for people to grasp? Of course, on a case by case basis – emojis in this case – it’s trivial and seemingly meaningless, but try a little mind game, please:
You are little black kid growing up in the West, and everywhere you look – TV ads, books, billboards, computer games, wherever – you see little white boys and girls doing their stuff. And that’s all you see. Ever. (I know it’s not like that. Bear with me.) How do you think, over time, this is going to make you feel, and affect your mindset as you grow into adulthood?
One thig it won’t do, is make you feel included, a part of society. It won’t help or encourage you to integrate, and make positive contributions to society. Contrarily, it will be easy for you to fall into a spiral of feeling an outsider.
Well, this is what things were like not so long ago. And some people figured, why not try changing this? Maybe we can do some small things that might help to make a better, more cohesive society in which everyone feels they have a part. And now you see more coloured people in TV ads, books, billboards, computer games, wherever – and the only people who complain are… well, never mind. (Soapbox is over there --> )
And some people have extended this to emojis. So what? No one is forcing anyone else to use them. It isn’t “bringing division” except in the minds of people who already see division, and want to keep it, but maybe – just maybe – it’ll bring a smile to some little black kid’s face.
Sorry if this isn't really Lounge stuff - but you (OP) did ask...
I grew up in a world where the white folks were all blonds, too.
Not ever the case in my family. Oddly enough, I never gave it a second thought. Something wrong with me? Of course, FaceNews has lots of blonds (short dresses, too!) - so it may have affected someone. I just consider blonds pigment-impaired. Poor sots.
Point being - there are always insecure people who want to undo anything that makes them feel like they are not "IT".
It matters because every time something completely trivial like this gets labelled as "racist", that word is diminished in meaning. Maybe just a little, but it's still diminished and that effect is cumulative.
In this case it's, what, racist against people that don't have jaundice? I'd think that's more "healthist".
Unless your intent is that the word "racist" has no real meaning anymore anyway, in which case I'll feel free to cede the point.
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
- Benjamin Disraeli
Well, I haven't used the word racist. I was just trying to shed some light on the rationale for including these emojis, that maybe they can server a purpose, and that really there's no good reason to get upset by them. Everyone is free to ignore them and just use the ones they want.
Please recall (factor in) that to purchase such a phone, for roughly a kiloBuck, in and of itself shows a lack of mental acuity. Spending time picking out just the right color emoticon fits in perfectly with that sort of intellectual development (intelligence gap)
I don't use chat apps a lot but when I do and someone sends me a skin-tone adjusted emoji, I try to respond back with one indicative of my skin color. I just assumed that's what is considered correct chat etiquette these days. Now, it's difficult to get it right as the colored emoji versions are a limited pre-determined set. They don't let you pick an RGB value for it. Perhaps they should.