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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.