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From The Atlantic:

Why White People Don’t Use White Emoji

Light-skin-tone symbols are used far less often in the U.S. than their darker counterparts. Does shame explain the disparity?

ANDREW MCGILL 1:57 PM ET POLITICS

When they were first launched in 2015, emoji skin tones corrected an obvious wrong. Previously, if a black man or a Latino woman wanted to text a friend the thumbs-up emoji on an iPhone, a white hand would show up. The Unicode Consortium’s solution made the new default color a Simpsons yellow and allowed users to tint certain emoji with one of five skin tones, ranging from “pale white” to “darkest brown.” People took to the new tones immediately, reveling in the freedom to post and in shades that represented them.

But as emoji with skin tones spread to Twitter, Facebook, and workplace chat applications like Slack, I noticed something I hadn’t expected: … almost no one I knew used the lightest skin tone, or even the second-lightest. Indeed, as a white man who tends to be either pale or sunburnt, I had never considered using it myself. When I did switch briefly to the lightest tone at work, it felt … weird. …

But this effect may also signal a squeamishness on the part of white people. The folks I talked to before writing this story said it felt awkward to use an affirmatively white emoji; at a time when skin-tone modifiers are used to assert racial identity, proclaiming whiteness felt uncomfortably close to displaying “white pride,” with all the baggage of intolerance that carries. At the same time, they said, it feels like co-opting something that doesn’t exactly belong to white people—weren’t skin-tone modifiers designed so people of color would be represented online? …

It’s worth noting the unpopularity of white emoji tentatively appears confined to the United States. Elsewhere in the world, including the Middle East, white emoji are more common. “This conversation could be completely different in Africa,” Chow-White said.

… White people don’t have to use racemoji or risk denying their identity, as Mukerjee does; the default works fine. Perhaps the squeamishness on the part of whites has more to do with the acknowledgement that only white people hold this special privilege; to use the white emoji is to express a solidarity with people of color that does not exist.

So it becomes a self-reinforcing cycle. When white people opt out of racemoji in favor of the “default” yellow, those symbols become even more closely associated with whiteness—and the notion that white is the only raceless color. But that, of course, is already a foregone conclusion in American society.

 
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  1. Using a white emoji is “proclaiming whiteness”? Good Lord.

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    Dude has bills to pay.They wanted a "white people" article,I guess! :)
  2. This is the worst article I’ve seen in the Atlantic and that says a lot. I remember the Atlantic being a respectable publication. Now it’s basically Salon.

    • Replies: @Anonym
    No, it's literally Salon. Because 2016.
  3. Okie says:

    Visibility, ya fools at the Atlantic.
    I don’t print white text on a white screen unless i am trying to hide stuff. I wouldn’t use black emoji on a black background screen either.

    No the really race critical question is “Is the fact that the screen is white another example of white privilege?”

    • Agree: slumber_j
  4. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:

    Itasc

    How much more oniony can you get?

    • Replies: @tbraton
    "How much more oniony can you get?"

    When you say "oniony," do you mean that in a red onion sort of way? Or a white onion sort of way? Or a yellow onion sort of way? Or a Spanish onion sort of way?
  5. Conspicuous Virtue Signalling (CVS); when Virtue Signalling (VS) alone is not enough.

  6. GSH says:

    While one cannot underestimate the stupidity of young people, a simpler explanation is that the darker colours make the symbol easier to read on a white background.

    We use black text on white paper, and I don’t think anyone takes that as evidence of white guilt. Though perhaps that’s next week’s Atlantic column.

    • Replies: @njguy73

    We use black text on white paper
     
    I'm waiting for the first magazine to do an issue solely on racial issues, and have all the pages be white text on black paper. Now that would be ballsy.
    , @ben tillman

    We use black text on white paper, and I don’t think anyone takes that as evidence of white guilt. Though perhaps that’s next week’s Atlantic column.
     
    Ha ha!
  7. I know we all know this (well, most of us do), but it bears repeating: The Atlantic is and has been a rag for a long, long time.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    I loved reading it around 2010-2011. I was less red-pilled then but still to the right of center on race issues. I think it's really been relatively recently that the quality tanked. It seems the Trayvon affair and Obama's reelection really turned this anti-white stuff into overdrive. I imagine this was an intentional thing promoted by plutocrats frightened by OWS. Like Hillary says, breaking up the big banks "won't end racism." And leftist sheep either prioritize race over class or are cowed into pretending as much.
  8. Or whitey is too classy to use emoji.

    • Replies: @JMR
    That's it right there! I write my text messages out in English. The emoji seems like another step toward the day when we need pictures outside of a shop to tell us about the services inside.
  9. Our Social Justice Media is really scraping the bottom of the barrel for white condemnation/ridicule. Could it be most emojis are colored because white people don’t use stupid emojis as much as… well… the easily emoji-contorted?

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    Yeah, emojis are for people who think a three-sentence paragraph is TL;DR.
  10. related: http://gizmodo.com/former-facebook-workers-we-routinely-suppressed-conser-1775461006

    Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

    Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.

    Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all. The former curators, all of whom worked as contractors, also said they were directed not to include news about Facebook itself in the trending module.

  11. “This conversation could be completely different in Africa,” Chow-White said.

    For safety reasons if nothing else…

    http://www.npr.org/2012/11/30/165643518/tanzanias-albinos-face-constant-threat-of-attack

  12. I first heard about the race-toned emoji last year, during office hours for a college class I was teaching. Two black students were sitting doing practice problems (and playing on their phones), and one looked up and said to the other, “look! black emoji!” and then excitedly tried them out. (This student may or may not have appeared in one of the Black Autumn videos that Steve posted this past fall.)

    At this point, I came dangerously close to talking myself out of my second job: “Oh that’s too bad- I liked it when everyone was just yellow. This seems like a way of making people even more conscious of race all the time…” and then corrected myself, “but of course people want different options. Let’s look at those practice constrained optimization problems.”

    The Atlantic article is interesting in admitting that any sign of highlighting one’s own white identity is disfavored. Like my knee jerk response to my students, it seems to be walking up to the line of pointing out that every non-white group is encouraged to celebrate/overemphasize its own group difference, while whites are encouraged to hide and softpedal theirs. Then the author walks it back, because 2016 and because The Atlantic.

  13. “This conversation could be completely different in Africa,” Chow-White said.

    They don’t have white guilt in Africa.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
    They don’t have guilt, but there’s a lot of Tragic Dirt.
    , @The Alarmist

    "They don’t have white guilt in Africa."
     
    One very funny conversation I witnessed in New York was a White South African talking to a Black American and referring to her as a Black American. She then attempted to correct him by saying she preferred being called an African American, to which he replied along the lines of "That's absurd ... I'm an African ... A white one ... And you are an American ... A black one."
    , @kaganovitch
    I take you haven't read J. M. Coetzee's "Disgrace"
  14. @GSH
    While one cannot underestimate the stupidity of young people, a simpler explanation is that the darker colours make the symbol easier to read on a white background.

    We use black text on white paper, and I don't think anyone takes that as evidence of white guilt. Though perhaps that's next week's Atlantic column.

    We use black text on white paper

    I’m waiting for the first magazine to do an issue solely on racial issues, and have all the pages be white text on black paper. Now that would be ballsy.

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute

    I’m waiting for the first magazine to do an issue solely on racial issues, and have all the pages be white text on black paper. Now that would be ballsy.

     

    There's a VC worthy business plan in here. I could build a website, maybe "www.blackiest.com" using only black text on a black background. Ads would be the only thing other than photos of steatopygia actually visible. I think this is a multimillion dollar idea. For those who scoff that there wouldn't actually be any literary content, let me remind that Detroit is majority illiterate. So as long as there are ample images of comically large posteriors and ads for gym shoes, malt liquor, weaves, and menthol cigarettes, it will tick all the important boxes without the expense of actually having writers to produce content.
  15. When they were first launched in 2015, emoji skin tones corrected an obvious wrong. Previously, if a black man or a Latino woman wanted to text a friend the thumbs-up emoji on an iPhone, a white hand would show up.

    I mean, OBVIOUSLY. It’s $YEAR_CURRENT and I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

    This reminds me of when SJWs flipped the table over the ‘white’ (Read: Japanese) hand used in the Mario Maker game.

  16. @e
    I know we all know this (well, most of us do), but it bears repeating: The Atlantic is and has been a rag for a long, long time.

    I loved reading it around 2010-2011. I was less red-pilled then but still to the right of center on race issues. I think it’s really been relatively recently that the quality tanked. It seems the Trayvon affair and Obama’s reelection really turned this anti-white stuff into overdrive. I imagine this was an intentional thing promoted by plutocrats frightened by OWS. Like Hillary says, breaking up the big banks “won’t end racism.” And leftist sheep either prioritize race over class or are cowed into pretending as much.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "It seems the Trayvon affair and Obama’s reelection really turned this anti-white stuff into overdrive. I imagine this was an intentional thing promoted by plutocrats frightened by OWS. Like Hillary says, breaking up the big banks “won’t end racism.” And leftist sheep either prioritize race over class or are cowed into pretending as much."

    Occupy Wall Street bombed big time because Hispanic Illegal Immigrants, Blacks, Muslims, and Homos were not the center of attention.

    With Black Lies Matter, you have a group who say they do not believe in the concept of borders and their high ranking officials are disproportionately Homosexual like Deray McKesson and the 3 Dykes who started the organization.

    The Wall Street fat cats love Black Lies Matter because they take the attention away from Wall Street crony capitalists.

  17. Did it occur to this person that not everyone who uses cartoon hands does so as an abstract representation of their racial identity? Why would we expect them to? White people aren’t supposed to have racial identity anyway. The “obvious wrong” allegedly suffered by non-white emoji users probably wouldn’t be a wrong for white people under similar circumstances. If it was a wrong for anyone. (It wasn’t, anymore but than me not having a beautiful, naked, willing woman on my lap this instance is a wrong.)

  18. @AndrewR
    This is the worst article I've seen in the Atlantic and that says a lot. I remember the Atlantic being a respectable publication. Now it's basically Salon.

    No, it’s literally Salon. Because 2016.

  19. Reason #679 I stopped reading The Atlantic – think pieces pondering the significance of racial emojis. I can only imagine what anthropologists in the future studying the decline and fall of the US will make of garbage like this.

  20. “The folks I talked to before writing this story”

    Where did he find his “folks?” Because I don’t know anyone who would answer like that. I imagine my response would be along the lines of, “What the hell are you talking about, you lunatic?”

  21. Emoji are for people who either can’t compose, or who will not devote their time to composing, good English prose. I give less weight, and often no weight, to expressions that include or that consist entirely of emoji.

    Emoji are to prose what tattoos are to skin.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob, NickG
    • Replies: @e
    Frankly, I hadn't even noticed different colored emoji.
    , @TheJester
    I agree. Emoji are for people who can't compose or punctuate English sentences, which probably includes a large part of our population today.

    I use emoji to communicate with my 5-year old grandson who has mastered the technical aspects of the iPhone. (He doesn't have his own phone yet; he borrows them from family members.) Although in pre-kindergarten, he knows how to spell family names and is getting better with simple phrases like, "I love you ...." For the time being, sending emoji back and forth will have to do until he becomes literate, which I predict will happen in the first or second grade.
    , @NickG

    Emoji are for people who either can’t compose, or who will not devote their time to composing, good English prose. I give less weight, and often no weight, to expressions that include or that consist entirely of emoji.

    Emoji are to prose what tattoos are to skin.
     
    I'll give that a thumbs-up!
    , @AndrewR
    Translation: "I dislike things that weren't things before I had reached middle age. Get off my lawn. Ouch. I've fallen and I can't get up."
    , @Bill
    I won't read anything not written in calligraphy.
    , @Sean the Neon Caucasian
    It's irrelevant communication, not Shakespeare, ya sperg.
  22. @Victor

    “This conversation could be completely different in Africa,” Chow-White said.
     
    They don't have white guilt in Africa.

    They don’t have guilt, but there’s a lot of Tragic Dirt.

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    Lede constructor: In [fill in any African country] there has been a [fill in appropriate disaster] since [fill in appropriate time - usually within a few years of formal independence] as a result of [two choices here: if not SJW fill in real reason/if SJW something related to colonialism/racism].
  23. Judging by the reaction he’s clearly hit on something.

    Other people actively seek out a thing which proclaims racial identity. White people don’t.

    No doubt connected to the social pressure created by the media.

  24. @Victor

    “This conversation could be completely different in Africa,” Chow-White said.
     
    They don't have white guilt in Africa.

    “They don’t have white guilt in Africa.”

    One very funny conversation I witnessed in New York was a White South African talking to a Black American and referring to her as a Black American. She then attempted to correct him by saying she preferred being called an African American, to which he replied along the lines of “That’s absurd … I’m an African … A white one … And you are an American … A black one.”

  25. Give us this day our daily clickbait.

  26. Most people probably don’t care. If i’m giving someone a thumbs up, I’m not trying to give them a “white” thumbs up, so there’s no reason to project my race through the screen. It’s either irrelevant or the recipient already knows what I look like.

    On the other hand, if you’ve just made a big huff about how there aren’t any person of color emoji’s, you can’t really not use them now. There’s only 24 hours in a day, and not fussing over pointless nonsense all day is just one of the structural privileges available to persons without color.

  27. @Auntie Analogue
    Emoji are for people who either can't compose, or who will not devote their time to composing, good English prose. I give less weight, and often no weight, to expressions that include or that consist entirely of emoji.

    Emoji are to prose what tattoos are to skin.

    Frankly, I hadn’t even noticed different colored emoji.

  28. White people who use emojis (?) probably leave them in the default color (which is yellow) in greater percentages because white people aren’t very likely to give a shit. It’s a little cartoon hand, you know?

    People who make their race a big part of their personal identities, like blacks or mestizos in the United States, probably go out of their way to change it to prove some kind of point. The hand’s tint is important to them, for whatever inscrutable reasons.

    So if you have fifty white guys and fifty colored guys, you’ll end up with forty or fifty colored symbols, fifty or sixty default (yellow) ones, and a handful of white versions from the handful of white people who think it’s worth the extra second or two that it takes to switch the thing from Marge Simpson to Tilda Swinton.

  29. I don’t use emoji because I am not a teenage girl.

    • Agree: Glossy
    • Replies: @Grandpa Jack
    Exactly. I was thinking," Why does this author give a sh*t? His thumb is brown".
    , @Desiderius

    I don’t use emoji because I am not a teenage girl.
     
    Using emoji's (at the time, it was emoticons) was one of Roissy's first no-nos.
  30. @Jean Cocteausten
    Using a white emoji is "proclaiming whiteness"? Good Lord.

    Dude has bills to pay.They wanted a “white people” article,I guess! 🙂

  31. It’s a known scientific fact that emoji make you gay.

  32. This mind rot is what you get after a few generations of drinking fluoridated water.
    http://www.naturalnews.com/053953_fluoride_cancer_water_safety.html

  33. Having just read this, I have to ask: do people really read this?

  34. “Elsewhere in the world, including the Middle East, white emoji are more common.”

    Maybe that’s because the Prophet (pbuh) is celebrated for the whiteness of his skin, as detailed (with scriptural references) in this 10-minute video:
    http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2016/02/muhammad-white-prophet-with-black-slaves.html

  35. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    They don’t have guilt, but there’s a lot of Tragic Dirt.

    Lede constructor: In [fill in any African country] there has been a [fill in appropriate disaster] since [fill in appropriate time – usually within a few years of formal independence] as a result of [two choices here: if not SJW fill in real reason/if SJW something related to colonialism/racism].

  36. I’m a portrait painter–and a good one at that–and I don’t recognize any of those colors above as representative of “white” skin. None of them are orange/pink enough. What they call “white” looks anemic, maybe the color of your untanned ass cheek but certainly not the color of most hands I’ve ever seen.

    Who would generalize about such crap?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Crayola, renamed the crayon formerly known as Flesh, to Peach.
  37. @Priss Factor
    Itasc

    How much more oniony can you get?

    “How much more oniony can you get?”

    When you say “oniony,” do you mean that in a red onion sort of way? Or a white onion sort of way? Or a yellow onion sort of way? Or a Spanish onion sort of way?

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
    The Onion, spergemeister.
  38. The Atlantic writer is truly an expert-level white person. Color me impressed!

  39. Is there a blackface emoji? Because if there is I would use it.

  40. @njguy73

    We use black text on white paper
     
    I'm waiting for the first magazine to do an issue solely on racial issues, and have all the pages be white text on black paper. Now that would be ballsy.

    I’m waiting for the first magazine to do an issue solely on racial issues, and have all the pages be white text on black paper. Now that would be ballsy.

    There’s a VC worthy business plan in here. I could build a website, maybe “www.blackiest.com” using only black text on a black background. Ads would be the only thing other than photos of steatopygia actually visible. I think this is a multimillion dollar idea. For those who scoff that there wouldn’t actually be any literary content, let me remind that Detroit is majority illiterate. So as long as there are ample images of comically large posteriors and ads for gym shoes, malt liquor, weaves, and menthol cigarettes, it will tick all the important boxes without the expense of actually having writers to produce content.

  41. I’m just waiting for the day the SJWs make Mickey Mouse take off his gloves, so he quits brainwashing young children about the virtues of white thumbs.

  42. @Lot
    I don't use emoji because I am not a teenage girl.

    Exactly. I was thinking,” Why does this author give a sh*t? His thumb is brown”.

  43. It’s amazing the nonsense that people will spend their time writing.

  44. • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The Left’s Priority Is Identity Politics, Not Labor
     
    The Left's priority is sheer naked power, and always has been.
  45. ; )

    …remember when all emoji were black?

  46. Once you go yellow, it’s all mellow. Don’t have a cow, man.

  47. @Victor

    “This conversation could be completely different in Africa,” Chow-White said.
     
    They don't have white guilt in Africa.

    I take you haven’t read J. M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace”

  48. I’d like to use a white emoji with a big middle finger proudly extended.

    Crap like this and the trans bathroom conflict are the kinds of things that occupy people who have no worries whatever.

    It’s too easy to get our groceries. Whether it’s my filet mignon or your government cheese, nobody here is hungry.

    Hungry people don’t worry about emojis and bathroom trannys.

    • Replies: @Drive-By Unicode Nerd, @Drive-By Unicode Nerd
    I did in my other comment, but it seems like the commenting software ate both the finger itself and the Fitzpatrick scale modifier.
  49. McGill’s article lends a new meaning to the term “thumb sucking”.

  50. One could almost make a Dungeons-and-Dragons like game out of being a virtue-signalling white liberal. You could have your character (for exmple, a level-15 Social Justice Warrior who is +3 at privilege-checking) navigate a variety of game spaces (protests, college campuses etc.) doing battle with various monsters: rednecks, homophobes, conservative christians, robed and hooded klansmen carrying whips (those guys probably have a lot of hit-points).

    • Agree: ATX Hipster
    • Replies: @guest
    The greatest peril to the social justice warrior is being caught behind the times, not With It, whatever the new it is. So I'd make that the primary obstacle in the game. Your monsters should be phantoms and nightmares, if we're going to reflect reality. Maybe one or two out of a hundred are real.

    But the Big Bads should be the new its. If you're still in feminist mode when the trannies come to town, for instance, you're finished. Or if you you side with a conservative White Night against a Muslim immigrant rapist, game over.

    The most adept player will always be ahead of the fashion. When others are protesting mandatory gay adoption, or whatever, you've gotta be pushing for dolphin voting rights and removing the stigma from having been a serial killer (unless the killer ever voted Republican).

  51. @SFG
    Somewhat OT, but perhaps worth commenting on?

    http://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/05/the-lefts-priority-is-identity-politics-not-labor-contd/481958/

    The Left’s Priority Is Identity Politics, Not Labor

    The Left’s priority is sheer naked power, and always has been.

    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson
    Reg, that is generous. Because the Left's priority has always been more than just power, it is power intended to realize Orwell's observation of them: "[for] a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."
    , @Maj. Kong
    Power always has a purpose.

    Means have ends.

    The endpoint of cultural Marxism, really is communism. (Though I don't know who wins in a SJW civil war of billionaires vs. Occupiers)
  52. The thought of somebody flagellating himself because he almost committed the atrocity of using the emoji representative of his race is possibly the most pathetically beta male thing I’ve ever heard. For the first time, I felt a twinge of pity for an SJW type. That kind of pervasive guilt must be hard to live with.

  53. @Lot
    I don't use emoji because I am not a teenage girl.

    I don’t use emoji because I am not a teenage girl.

    Using emoji’s (at the time, it was emoticons) was one of Roissy’s first no-nos.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Using emoji’s (at the time, it was emoticons) was one of Roissy’s first no-nos.
     
    And employing infantile constructions like "no-n0s" is one of paleopoobah Thomas Fleming's no-nos.
  54. SWPLs/tradcons resist anything that smacks of white identity because they’re the only ones still buying into the ruling the world plan and whiteness is too parochial. It’s not self-loathing or guilt at all; it’s nominating themselves to lead the charge against the bad kind of white people.

    • Replies: @Bill
    Uh, tradcons resist anything that smacks of white identity? There are tradcons who say things like "you aren't white, you are Boston Irish." But identifying with being Boston Irish definitely smacks of white identity.

    Who are you thinking about? Ted Cruz? Is he supposed to be a tradcon?
  55. @Reg Cæsar

    The Left’s Priority Is Identity Politics, Not Labor
     
    The Left's priority is sheer naked power, and always has been.

    Reg, that is generous. Because the Left’s priority has always been more than just power, it is power intended to realize Orwell’s observation of them: “[for] a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”

  56. @Buzz Mohawk
    I'd like to use a white emoji with a big middle finger proudly extended.

    Crap like this and the trans bathroom conflict are the kinds of things that occupy people who have no worries whatever.

    It's too easy to get our groceries. Whether it's my filet mignon or your government cheese, nobody here is hungry.

    Hungry people don't worry about emojis and bathroom trannys.
  57. @Mr. Anon
    One could almost make a Dungeons-and-Dragons like game out of being a virtue-signalling white liberal. You could have your character (for exmple, a level-15 Social Justice Warrior who is +3 at privilege-checking) navigate a variety of game spaces (protests, college campuses etc.) doing battle with various monsters: rednecks, homophobes, conservative christians, robed and hooded klansmen carrying whips (those guys probably have a lot of hit-points).

    The greatest peril to the social justice warrior is being caught behind the times, not With It, whatever the new it is. So I’d make that the primary obstacle in the game. Your monsters should be phantoms and nightmares, if we’re going to reflect reality. Maybe one or two out of a hundred are real.

    But the Big Bads should be the new its. If you’re still in feminist mode when the trannies come to town, for instance, you’re finished. Or if you you side with a conservative White Night against a Muslim immigrant rapist, game over.

    The most adept player will always be ahead of the fashion. When others are protesting mandatory gay adoption, or whatever, you’ve gotta be pushing for dolphin voting rights and removing the stigma from having been a serial killer (unless the killer ever voted Republican).

  58. white is the only raceless color. But that, of course, is already a foregone conclusion in American society.

    Maybe whites are the only “raceless color” because for a white person to openly identify with their race is forbidden?

    Seriously, I’ve been hearing all my life about how whites supposedly have an “advantage” because we are seen as the “default,” not possessing a race. But nobody ever points out that part of the reason whites have this “advantage” is because the alternative — white racial consciousness — is closed off for us.

    I keep wondering when the SJWs are gonna wake up to the fact that crap like this — whipping up a jealous race pride among every other group while conspicuously denying it to whites, even in its blandest, most inoffensive form — threatens to eventually legitimize hard-core white racism. But apparently they’re convinced that they’ve sealed that genie in the bottle for all time.

    • Replies: @artichoke
    It's already becoming legitimate. The people who object are thereby seen to marginalize themselves. I think the nonwhite invasion of Europe is having an effect here, but it is a new thing that wasn't this way even a year ago.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    I keep wondering when the SJWs are gonna wake up to the fact that crap like this...
     
    SJWs-- WSJWs, need I remind anybody-- have the same relationship to coherent thought that NAMbLA had to Christian chastity.
    , @Maj. Kong
    It is my belief that the elites do want a real hard-core white backlash, one that causes a "vaccination" like effect on the social immune system. The OKC bombing in 1995 was instrumental in Clinton's re-election, as was the 2011 Giffords shooting to Obama.

    When the first reaction to the Brussels bombings was a large demonstration of people waving Nazi flags, the elites got exactly what they wanted. All their opponents smoked out into the open, to be tagged by the security services.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Trust

    Look at PFAW, ADL and SPLC. They don't have real enemies right now, but are quite well funded off of fear-mongering over small potatoes.

    Now view their UK and France counterparts (Hopenothate, SOS Racisme). Far more media prominence, and government funding. The British call it the Quango.
  59. “So it becomes a self-reinforcing cycle. When white people opt out of racemoji in favor of the “default” yellow, those symbols become even more closely associated with whiteness”

    If White people use the White moji we are considered racist and if White people use the default Yellow moji we are considered racist as well. It is a damn if you do and damn if you don’t situation, just like White flight & gentrification.

    “and the notion that white is the only raceless color. But that, of course, is already a foregone conclusion in American society.”

    It’s Nonwhite people who say us White people are a raceless color and are zero percent diverse. If we Whites started referring to ourselves as People Of Color than Black, Yellow, and Brown people would accuse us of racist cultural appropiation. So take it up with them.

    “… White people don’t have to use racemoji or risk denying their identity, as Mukerjee does; the default works fine. Perhaps the squeamishness on the part of whites has more to do with the acknowledgement that only white people hold this special privilege; to use the white emoji is to express a solidarity with people of color that does not exist.”

    If you are ashamed of being White it’s White privilege and if you are proud of being White it’s White privilege as well. It’s a damn if you do and damn if you don’t situation.

  60. White people don’t use white emoji because, if they did, the headline would read “White people use white emoji”. In the current climate, there are only two possible headlines: “Dog bites man (because dog is speciesist)” or “Man bites dog (for unclear reasons)”. Given these options, cowed white people choose the latter…

  61. @AndrewR
    I loved reading it around 2010-2011. I was less red-pilled then but still to the right of center on race issues. I think it's really been relatively recently that the quality tanked. It seems the Trayvon affair and Obama's reelection really turned this anti-white stuff into overdrive. I imagine this was an intentional thing promoted by plutocrats frightened by OWS. Like Hillary says, breaking up the big banks "won't end racism." And leftist sheep either prioritize race over class or are cowed into pretending as much.

    “It seems the Trayvon affair and Obama’s reelection really turned this anti-white stuff into overdrive. I imagine this was an intentional thing promoted by plutocrats frightened by OWS. Like Hillary says, breaking up the big banks “won’t end racism.” And leftist sheep either prioritize race over class or are cowed into pretending as much.”

    Occupy Wall Street bombed big time because Hispanic Illegal Immigrants, Blacks, Muslims, and Homos were not the center of attention.

    With Black Lies Matter, you have a group who say they do not believe in the concept of borders and their high ranking officials are disproportionately Homosexual like Deray McKesson and the 3 Dykes who started the organization.

    The Wall Street fat cats love Black Lies Matter because they take the attention away from Wall Street crony capitalists.

  62. It’s entirely appropriate for “white” to be the default race assumption on the internet. After all, we did build that. Almost 100% of the original concept and subsequent development of internet software and hardware was done by white men.

    And I don’t mean Al Gore.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "It’s entirely appropriate for “white” to be the default race assumption on the internet. After all, we did build that. Almost 100% of the original concept and subsequent development of internet software and hardware was done by white men.

    And I don’t mean Al Gore."

    Afrocentrics are already going around claiming that they invented the internet. So they are capable of creating the internet, but they are not capable of creating 1st World countries.

    It is only a matter of time before Blacks claim that they also invented laser eye surgery, self driving cars, and the new talking robots who are able to smile, blink, and have conversations with people.
  63. @Mr. Blank

    white is the only raceless color. But that, of course, is already a foregone conclusion in American society.
     
    Maybe whites are the only "raceless color" because for a white person to openly identify with their race is forbidden?

    Seriously, I've been hearing all my life about how whites supposedly have an "advantage" because we are seen as the "default," not possessing a race. But nobody ever points out that part of the reason whites have this "advantage" is because the alternative -- white racial consciousness -- is closed off for us.

    I keep wondering when the SJWs are gonna wake up to the fact that crap like this -- whipping up a jealous race pride among every other group while conspicuously denying it to whites, even in its blandest, most inoffensive form -- threatens to eventually legitimize hard-core white racism. But apparently they're convinced that they've sealed that genie in the bottle for all time.

    It’s already becoming legitimate. The people who object are thereby seen to marginalize themselves. I think the nonwhite invasion of Europe is having an effect here, but it is a new thing that wasn’t this way even a year ago.

  64. @artichoke
    It's entirely appropriate for "white" to be the default race assumption on the internet. After all, we did build that. Almost 100% of the original concept and subsequent development of internet software and hardware was done by white men.

    And I don't mean Al Gore.

    “It’s entirely appropriate for “white” to be the default race assumption on the internet. After all, we did build that. Almost 100% of the original concept and subsequent development of internet software and hardware was done by white men.

    And I don’t mean Al Gore.”

    Afrocentrics are already going around claiming that they invented the internet. So they are capable of creating the internet, but they are not capable of creating 1st World countries.

    It is only a matter of time before Blacks claim that they also invented laser eye surgery, self driving cars, and the new talking robots who are able to smile, blink, and have conversations with people.

  65. @Desiderius

    I don’t use emoji because I am not a teenage girl.
     
    Using emoji's (at the time, it was emoticons) was one of Roissy's first no-nos.

    Using emoji’s (at the time, it was emoticons) was one of Roissy’s first no-nos.

    And employing infantile constructions like “no-n0s” is one of paleopoobah Thomas Fleming‘s no-nos.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Point taken.
  66. @Mr. Blank

    white is the only raceless color. But that, of course, is already a foregone conclusion in American society.
     
    Maybe whites are the only "raceless color" because for a white person to openly identify with their race is forbidden?

    Seriously, I've been hearing all my life about how whites supposedly have an "advantage" because we are seen as the "default," not possessing a race. But nobody ever points out that part of the reason whites have this "advantage" is because the alternative -- white racial consciousness -- is closed off for us.

    I keep wondering when the SJWs are gonna wake up to the fact that crap like this -- whipping up a jealous race pride among every other group while conspicuously denying it to whites, even in its blandest, most inoffensive form -- threatens to eventually legitimize hard-core white racism. But apparently they're convinced that they've sealed that genie in the bottle for all time.

    I keep wondering when the SJWs are gonna wake up to the fact that crap like this…

    SJWs– WSJWs, need I remind anybody– have the same relationship to coherent thought that NAMbLA had to Christian chastity.

  67. Where are the Smurfs when you need them? Blue Lives Matter too.

    • Replies: @Rapparee
    In Irish Gaelic, the adjective used for black people is "gorm", which literally means "blue" (You can catch this is The Guard, when Don Cheadle knocks on a rural couple's door- "Tá fear gorm ag an doras!"). H.L. Mencken claimed that "blueskin" was an early 19th-century American epithet for blacks, and that German-speakers around Baltimore in the late 19th century used "die Blaue" as a euphemism for their black servants. Young English-speaking children today, on the other hand, often tend to favor "brown" over "black", probably because it better matches their crayons.
  68. @Buzz Mohawk
    I'd like to use a white emoji with a big middle finger proudly extended.

    Crap like this and the trans bathroom conflict are the kinds of things that occupy people who have no worries whatever.

    It's too easy to get our groceries. Whether it's my filet mignon or your government cheese, nobody here is hungry.

    Hungry people don't worry about emojis and bathroom trannys.

    I did in my other comment, but it seems like the commenting software ate both the finger itself and the Fitzpatrick scale modifier.

  69. @Reg Cæsar

    The Left’s Priority Is Identity Politics, Not Labor
     
    The Left's priority is sheer naked power, and always has been.

    Power always has a purpose.

    Means have ends.

    The endpoint of cultural Marxism, really is communism. (Though I don’t know who wins in a SJW civil war of billionaires vs. Occupiers)

    • Replies: @Bill
    No. The intended endpoint of cultural Marxism is the death of the remnants of the West (white genocide if you like your language vivid). The actual endpoint, the endpoint after the endpoint if you will, is a Muslim Europe. The people who came up with cultural Marxism may or may not have understood how impossible it was for cultural Marxism to bring about Communism. Did their hatred pervert their reason or was their reason just a fig leaf for their hatred? Who knows? And who cares?
  70. @Mr. Blank

    white is the only raceless color. But that, of course, is already a foregone conclusion in American society.
     
    Maybe whites are the only "raceless color" because for a white person to openly identify with their race is forbidden?

    Seriously, I've been hearing all my life about how whites supposedly have an "advantage" because we are seen as the "default," not possessing a race. But nobody ever points out that part of the reason whites have this "advantage" is because the alternative -- white racial consciousness -- is closed off for us.

    I keep wondering when the SJWs are gonna wake up to the fact that crap like this -- whipping up a jealous race pride among every other group while conspicuously denying it to whites, even in its blandest, most inoffensive form -- threatens to eventually legitimize hard-core white racism. But apparently they're convinced that they've sealed that genie in the bottle for all time.

    It is my belief that the elites do want a real hard-core white backlash, one that causes a “vaccination” like effect on the social immune system. The OKC bombing in 1995 was instrumental in Clinton’s re-election, as was the 2011 Giffords shooting to Obama.

    When the first reaction to the Brussels bombings was a large demonstration of people waving Nazi flags, the elites got exactly what they wanted. All their opponents smoked out into the open, to be tagged by the security services.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Trust

    Look at PFAW, ADL and SPLC. They don’t have real enemies right now, but are quite well funded off of fear-mongering over small potatoes.

    Now view their UK and France counterparts (Hopenothate, SOS Racisme). Far more media prominence, and government funding. The British call it the Quango.

    • Replies: @Thea
    Maybe some white nationalists want a Clinton victory so that things will get so bad it will force a new white identity.
  71. We live in an era where everything offends White Liberals and Nonwhite Americans.

    The 1977 new wave song Mongoloid by Devo for example, would be seen by Asian Americans in 2016 as racist microaggression. You couldn’t make a song like that if you are a Caucasian music artist in today’s PC environment on steroids.

  72. ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺
    ☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻
    ♀ ♂ ♠ ♣ ♥ ♦ ♪ ♫ ♯

  73. or a Latino woman

    but what of a Latina woman?

  74. @Reg Cæsar

    Using emoji’s (at the time, it was emoticons) was one of Roissy’s first no-nos.
     
    And employing infantile constructions like "no-n0s" is one of paleopoobah Thomas Fleming's no-nos.

    Point taken.

  75. @Maj. Kong
    It is my belief that the elites do want a real hard-core white backlash, one that causes a "vaccination" like effect on the social immune system. The OKC bombing in 1995 was instrumental in Clinton's re-election, as was the 2011 Giffords shooting to Obama.

    When the first reaction to the Brussels bombings was a large demonstration of people waving Nazi flags, the elites got exactly what they wanted. All their opponents smoked out into the open, to be tagged by the security services.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Trust

    Look at PFAW, ADL and SPLC. They don't have real enemies right now, but are quite well funded off of fear-mongering over small potatoes.

    Now view their UK and France counterparts (Hopenothate, SOS Racisme). Far more media prominence, and government funding. The British call it the Quango.

    Maybe some white nationalists want a Clinton victory so that things will get so bad it will force a new white identity.

    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
    A Clinton victory alone will not do that, it remains possible that it could be like 2000. The GOP would still have Congress.

    An amnesty, followed by a massive surge in 'legal' immigration, would be exactly what the more violent WNs want. With no political options, the ordinary conservative would start considering exile or insurgency. Sun Tzu's fatal ground.
  76. @Auntie Analogue
    Emoji are for people who either can't compose, or who will not devote their time to composing, good English prose. I give less weight, and often no weight, to expressions that include or that consist entirely of emoji.

    Emoji are to prose what tattoos are to skin.

    I agree. Emoji are for people who can’t compose or punctuate English sentences, which probably includes a large part of our population today.

    I use emoji to communicate with my 5-year old grandson who has mastered the technical aspects of the iPhone. (He doesn’t have his own phone yet; he borrows them from family members.) Although in pre-kindergarten, he knows how to spell family names and is getting better with simple phrases like, “I love you ….” For the time being, sending emoji back and forth will have to do until he becomes literate, which I predict will happen in the first or second grade.

  77. This 1970s commercial Ancient Chinese Secret would be considered racist by Asian Social Justice Warriors in 2016.

    The Baby Boomers here on The Unz would remember this commercial.

  78. @San Fernando Curt
    Our Social Justice Media is really scraping the bottom of the barrel for white condemnation/ridicule. Could it be most emojis are colored because white people don't use stupid emojis as much as... well... the easily emoji-contorted?

    Yeah, emojis are for people who think a three-sentence paragraph is TL;DR.

  79. @Auntie Analogue
    Emoji are for people who either can't compose, or who will not devote their time to composing, good English prose. I give less weight, and often no weight, to expressions that include or that consist entirely of emoji.

    Emoji are to prose what tattoos are to skin.

    Emoji are for people who either can’t compose, or who will not devote their time to composing, good English prose. I give less weight, and often no weight, to expressions that include or that consist entirely of emoji.

    Emoji are to prose what tattoos are to skin.

    I’ll give that a thumbs-up!

  80. @Hugh
    Where are the Smurfs when you need them? Blue Lives Matter too.

    In Irish Gaelic, the adjective used for black people is “gorm“, which literally means “blue” (You can catch this is The Guard, when Don Cheadle knocks on a rural couple’s door- “Tá fear gorm ag an doras!“). H.L. Mencken claimed that “blueskin” was an early 19th-century American epithet for blacks, and that German-speakers around Baltimore in the late 19th century used “die Blaue” as a euphemism for their black servants. Young English-speaking children today, on the other hand, often tend to favor “brown” over “black”, probably because it better matches their crayons.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    The Guard is a good movie.
  81. @Boomstick
    Or whitey is too classy to use emoji.

    That’s it right there! I write my text messages out in English. The emoji seems like another step toward the day when we need pictures outside of a shop to tell us about the services inside.

  82. Does this mean Legos are racist?

    • Replies: @Altai
    Yes.

    When they made Star Wars lego at first all the characters were yellow and then they had to make Lando Calrissian. They puzzled and finally just made him brown and all the other characters remained yellow! (I honestly am still shocked they chose this)
    http://brickset.com/sets/10123-1/Cloud-City

    The same year they also made NBA lego and they decided to make everyone flesh tone. That they didn't fix their faces though which also made everyone uncomfortable.
    http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Dirk_Nowitzki (Gaze upon the horror of Dirk Nowitzki in Lego form.)
    http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Shaquille_O'Neal

    After everyone was deeply uncomfortable, as this was 2003, before the internet was sufficiently user-friendly for SJWs, so nobody burned down Lego headquarters. They decided that all minifigs meant to represent real actors or people (Later any non-Lego IP) would be depicted with a flesh tone matching that of the actor, character or person.

  83. Those emoji hands look suspiciously like Aztec (excuse me, Nahua) glyphs

  84. I prefer using all four colors available at once, a nice mocking of the all-importance of diversity that we have to hear about daily.

  85. @Anonymous
    Does this mean Legos are racist?

    Yes.

    When they made Star Wars lego at first all the characters were yellow and then they had to make Lando Calrissian. They puzzled and finally just made him brown and all the other characters remained yellow! (I honestly am still shocked they chose this)
    http://brickset.com/sets/10123-1/Cloud-City

    The same year they also made NBA lego and they decided to make everyone flesh tone. That they didn’t fix their faces though which also made everyone uncomfortable.
    http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Dirk_Nowitzki (Gaze upon the horror of Dirk Nowitzki in Lego form.)
    http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Shaquille_O’Neal

    After everyone was deeply uncomfortable, as this was 2003, before the internet was sufficiently user-friendly for SJWs, so nobody burned down Lego headquarters. They decided that all minifigs meant to represent real actors or people (Later any non-Lego IP) would be depicted with a flesh tone matching that of the actor, character or person.

  86. @Thea
    Maybe some white nationalists want a Clinton victory so that things will get so bad it will force a new white identity.

    A Clinton victory alone will not do that, it remains possible that it could be like 2000. The GOP would still have Congress.

    An amnesty, followed by a massive surge in ‘legal’ immigration, would be exactly what the more violent WNs want. With no political options, the ordinary conservative would start considering exile or insurgency. Sun Tzu’s fatal ground.

  87. Apropos, check out the definitions of black pride, asian pride, and white pride on Wikipedia: https://heartiste.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/a-mind-virus-most-malignant/
    Steve, you might want to use the image in your main post (conceivably).

  88. @Auntie Analogue
    Emoji are for people who either can't compose, or who will not devote their time to composing, good English prose. I give less weight, and often no weight, to expressions that include or that consist entirely of emoji.

    Emoji are to prose what tattoos are to skin.

    Translation: “I dislike things that weren’t things before I had reached middle age. Get off my lawn. Ouch. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

  89. @Auntie Analogue
    Emoji are for people who either can't compose, or who will not devote their time to composing, good English prose. I give less weight, and often no weight, to expressions that include or that consist entirely of emoji.

    Emoji are to prose what tattoos are to skin.

    I won’t read anything not written in calligraphy.

  90. Emojis are right there with LOLs in declaring, in fact screaming : “Please don’t misinterpret my statement and give me lots of likes, m’kay? Lol? (maybe?)”.

    – You mean like order kiosks that are soon to take over most fast food places? Even with the pictures, I’m sure many patrons will struggle to distinguish a cheeseburger from a regular hamburger.

  91. Bill says:
    @Maj. Kong
    Power always has a purpose.

    Means have ends.

    The endpoint of cultural Marxism, really is communism. (Though I don't know who wins in a SJW civil war of billionaires vs. Occupiers)

    No. The intended endpoint of cultural Marxism is the death of the remnants of the West (white genocide if you like your language vivid). The actual endpoint, the endpoint after the endpoint if you will, is a Muslim Europe. The people who came up with cultural Marxism may or may not have understood how impossible it was for cultural Marxism to bring about Communism. Did their hatred pervert their reason or was their reason just a fig leaf for their hatred? Who knows? And who cares?

  92. @Desiderius
    SWPLs/tradcons resist anything that smacks of white identity because they're the only ones still buying into the ruling the world plan and whiteness is too parochial. It's not self-loathing or guilt at all; it's nominating themselves to lead the charge against the bad kind of white people.

    Uh, tradcons resist anything that smacks of white identity? There are tradcons who say things like “you aren’t white, you are Boston Irish.” But identifying with being Boston Irish definitely smacks of white identity.

    Who are you thinking about? Ted Cruz? Is he supposed to be a tradcon?

  93. @GSH
    While one cannot underestimate the stupidity of young people, a simpler explanation is that the darker colours make the symbol easier to read on a white background.

    We use black text on white paper, and I don't think anyone takes that as evidence of white guilt. Though perhaps that's next week's Atlantic column.

    We use black text on white paper, and I don’t think anyone takes that as evidence of white guilt. Though perhaps that’s next week’s Atlantic column.

    Ha ha!

  94. Previously, if a black man or a Latino woman . . . .

    Ugh. that’s atrocious.

  95. @Threecranes
    I'm a portrait painter--and a good one at that--and I don't recognize any of those colors above as representative of "white" skin. None of them are orange/pink enough. What they call "white" looks anemic, maybe the color of your untanned ass cheek but certainly not the color of most hands I've ever seen.

    Who would generalize about such crap?

    Crayola, renamed the crayon formerly known as Flesh, to Peach.

  96. That’s a lot of words in lieu of asking why non-whites use non-white emoji.

  97. Black people in Africa have to worry about famine, AIDS, and civil war between Muslims & Christians, as well as civil war between different tribes.

    Black people in America are worried about the skin color of emojis. Talk about 1st World problems.

  98. @tbraton
    "How much more oniony can you get?"

    When you say "oniony," do you mean that in a red onion sort of way? Or a white onion sort of way? Or a yellow onion sort of way? Or a Spanish onion sort of way?

    The Onion, spergemeister.

  99. Why White People Don’t Use White Emoji:

    For starters, most of us have grown-up jobs that don’t provide sufficient Opportunities to Emoji-ate during working hours.

    And before The Atlantic fixes their coordinates on Why White People Suck At Attending Mid-day Peace Marches and/or Race Riots: same answer.

    I swan, that magazine ain’t been the same since Te-Henesi Tuxedo started cashing in on the unbearable not-whiteness of being black, or whatever it is they’re throwing money at him for.

  100. @Rapparee
    In Irish Gaelic, the adjective used for black people is "gorm", which literally means "blue" (You can catch this is The Guard, when Don Cheadle knocks on a rural couple's door- "Tá fear gorm ag an doras!"). H.L. Mencken claimed that "blueskin" was an early 19th-century American epithet for blacks, and that German-speakers around Baltimore in the late 19th century used "die Blaue" as a euphemism for their black servants. Young English-speaking children today, on the other hand, often tend to favor "brown" over "black", probably because it better matches their crayons.

    The Guard is a good movie.

  101. @Auntie Analogue
    Emoji are for people who either can't compose, or who will not devote their time to composing, good English prose. I give less weight, and often no weight, to expressions that include or that consist entirely of emoji.

    Emoji are to prose what tattoos are to skin.

    It’s irrelevant communication, not Shakespeare, ya sperg.

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