Auntie Unfiltered: White People Using Black and Brown Emojis

As my granny used to say, “We can’t have shit to ourselves.”

White people using black and brown emojis has been a thing for a while now, and one lady wrote me an email asking me to address why that practice should be seen as wrong.


In this episode of Auntie Unfiltered, I discuss the importance of representation and why non-black people using black emojis is not a show of solidarity—not the least of which is, why would you pick such a lazy way to show “solidarity”?

Watch the episode and let me know what you think in the comments.

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Confession time: I’m brown, and annoyed by other Pakistanis and their white skin obsessions, but I can’t be asked to change my emojis from white to brown because too much trouble. I just want to emoji and not think too hard.

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