Black Emojis Are Coming

Aaron Smith, CNN, November 4, 2014

Emojis are going to get racial diversity, with the first white and black emojis coming out next year.

Unicode, the organization that develops emojis, said that a diverse range of skin tones will be available when Unicode Version 8.0 launches in June 2015.

This will include not only the existing yellow, but five other shades, ranging from pink and brown to black.


Emojis are phone text pictographs referred to as emoticons used to express feelings. The faces are yellow, with a skin tone mimicking the Caucasian characters on “The Simpsons.”


They were originally meant to be race-neutral, sort of like the gray-skinned people in Ursula Le Guin’s sci-fi novel “The Lathe of Heaven.”


Unicode 8.0 is adding a range of skin tones that “are based on the six tones of the Fitzpatrick scale, a recognized standard for dermatology.” Developed in 1975 by Harvard dermatologist Thomas Fitzpatrick, the scale classified human skin color based on their response to ultraviolet light.


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  • D.B. Cooper

    Ohhh, brother!

    • Oil Can Harry

      Too bad the World’s Most Interesting Tribesman is a supporter of The World’s Most Incompetent Leader.

      He hosted a fundraiser for Obama in 2012.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    They make it sound as if emoticons depict Caucasian people, but it seems to me that they are usually just yellow smiley faces anyway. Of course, they still somehow have to be depicted as “racist.”

    • Usually Much Calmer

      I always thought they were a display of power to keep people without liver disease in their place.

      • me

        I can’t wait! This is going to be GREAT! Hee hee!

  • FozzieT

    I think the black emoji would look more like this…

  • I never use those. Since I am rather capable at written English, I don’t see much point. I like running jokes, and we use those to much better effect than any emoticons or combinations thereof. I don’t feel left out; quite the opposite. I feel it a poor day when I can’t make someone laugh or at least smile. My mother and I have had shared some of the same running jokes for the last 11 years, since I returned from prison. My wife and I have some of of our own, which overlap.

    • kikz2

      yeah, all it takes to tag one, is a dropped plural (s)….. or simply bad grammar or syntax….

      • OK, my friend, Sayaka once noticed that “It is getting late, earlier”, her first autumn here, while we were hiking and the autumn sun was setting behind the Front Range.

        One of the Russians who visited many decades earlier used the term (?) “such-much” instead of “and so-on”. That was Dr. Agronovitch. I still use the term with my mother, once every few years, and it brings howls of laughter from her.

        They do their best with English, and it is frequently a lot of fun.

        • Ron Cheaters

          If I sense people are listening in to a conversation I’m having with someone else. I’ll take that conversation into extreme’s and be as politically incorrect as I can be. The joke is to out-do what the other is saying with a deadpan straight face.. then we laugh our arses off and credit each other once we change scenes.

        • kikz2

          🙂 oh yes, ESL (English/Second language) speakers do come up w/some doozies, but that’s totally different from mangling what is your own ‘first’ language 😉 My neighborhood is somewhat like the UN, in a good way…. in that I have Parisian, Guatemalan, Japanese, and E. Indian neighbors sprinkled about, and having spent many years at multinational corporation, I’ve heard English tinged or drenched with untold numbers of accents..and I also grew up in very close proximity to Blacks in the Deep South, so it’s an old joke for me… that i can understand numerous dialects of eboniK (missing “s”), as well as ESL mangled English.

          Some of the most difficult to translate were very recent imports of Chinese, young women w/very high giggly female voices, who would come to me as department Admin. asking for PEEEEEnciw and udda suPize (pencils and supplies) used to make me giggle 😀 i had to put one in an adjacent cube for a week until i could get another cube built near her team, i thought i’d go insane listening to her loudly and excitedly yap on the phone all day long in some dialect of Chinese! SHURE! SHURE! which i think translates to (yes), i was hearing it in my sleep!

        • awb

          More better.

  • Future news:

    SPLC, DOJ, dork in Orlando with a fax machine, SJWs, kvetch about how nobody is using the non-white emojis.

  • Blacks will next demand a black faced Snow White. And Disney will give her to them.

    The big issue is the cultural Marxist racialization of everything. The black James Bond, black Superman, gay Batlman, etc. are a psy op intended to depress and demoralize whites. It has the opposite effect on me, hardening my resistance.

    • Kenner

      There is no gay Batman. Bruce Wayne is just a confirmed bachelor.

      • R L Buds

        I always thought batman was gay, or is that just the old one, with robin. It doesn’t matter anyway any baffoon who likes comics is probably a lost cause anyway.

        • There was a time in the history of old comic books where homoerotica reigned supreme. Even the “Lone Wolf” ended up with a youth sidekick, “Cubby”. That said, I think in one stream of the “Batman” theme, “Robin” was a girl, and got herself killed.

      • Bobbala


        • Alexandra1973

          On Earth-2.

      • SolStans

        The scrawls above the hole in the batroom wall say otherwise.

    • guest

      They can’t be creative and make up their own stories and characters so they try to change White characters into nonwhites and completely ruin it all. And when bleeding-heart Marxist Hollywood directors make up a black TV or movie character, blacks will either say the character’s not “black enough”, or that it’s racist and offensive. It’s always a no-win situation.

    • kikz2

      i’d heard a while back… there was yammering of a black cpt. america……….
      as i’m not into super hero anything.. it really doens’t bother me, but i understand how it could bother people.

    • Katherine McChesney

      They don’t call her Snow White anymore. “Snow” is her name now thanks to diversity.

    • kikz2

      i think they’ve got one now…’The Princess and the Frog”2009, Tiana… a decidedly Black girl from Nuawlinz, where the movie is set…. who marries a decidedly Brown prince from ???? and becomes a princess…..

    • Rurik

      The Mud Maiden.

    • me

      Hee hee! Negrofuxation has already run it’s course….
      Any merchandising with White characters turned Negro ALWAYS is a money-loser.

  • OyVey00

    They forgot to add the thick lips, the nappy hair and the protuding jaw.

    • Anglokraut

      Mattel tried that with “Black Barbie” and they got reamed for not designing a new doll with Negroid features. Which is hilarious, as Negro women have a billion-dollar beauty supply industry built on the business model of “Black women will buy anything that gives them White features”.
      There is no way to win, so the best solution is to not play. Tell them to make their own emoji, and animate their own African fairy tales, and make their own toys.

  • IstvanIN

    They already have them:

  • Sissy White

    Funny, the features if not all the skin tones are Anglo-Saxon!

    • evilsandmich

      Yeah I was hoping for something for something a little close to the mark so I could text something like “gotta go downtown [black angry face]”

  • Bobbala

    The Idiocracy is here.

    • Pathfinder75

      And he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • benvad

    I don’t need emojis to identify blacks, their atrocious grammar is enough.

  • Emerald T. Brown

    I imagine the most used black emojis would be “black rage”, “black feeling oppressed” and “black perplexed by logic.”

  • Caucasoid88

    But race doesn’t exist.

  • Excellent, those will make text conversations with my realist friends that much funnier…

  • Evette Coutier

    Do they have emoticons for rape, assault, car jacking, I’m not the father, and welfare check day?

  • RacialRay

    Yes, but will they have flattened noses and nappy hair? I want my emoticons to be lily-white with flattened noses and nappy hair.

  • Ghost

    Good. Now we can slap some emojis around to!

  • Ghost

    There’s about to be a lot of emoji discrimination going on around here….

  • BulgAryan

    The emojis on the right are Drawidian, not African.

  • Snakes on a Car

    I’m cool with this. Etno-nationalism for everyone [insert white emoji here].