American actress and political activist, Ashley Judd, takes to Facebook to vent about her “white privilege” and the fact that “white/yellow-ish” is the default color for emojis.
Judd sounds off about how non-white users have to “scroll to search for an emoji of color that more closely resembles your experience.”
She also took the opportunity to promote the Women’s March on Washington, which has received its share of controversy from those claiming that white women are over-represented.
Oh, but that was only the beginning of her rant…
A little thing, perhaps.
But….what if emojis, came,
standard issue, in black?
So WE whites had to scroll to find a color that more accurately resembled US?
Multiply that times the incalculable….
And that gives me a glimpse of what it may be like to be a person of color in a white-centric world. Everything set to the standard of whiteness, everything else a variation thereof.
The leading lady said she wants to be considered a “non-person of color,” to “designate my whiteness in contrast with ‘person of color.'” She feels this could address the “inherent flaw” in a society that largely associates “whiteness as the default standard.”
She attempts to explain her logic:
And “non person of color” has the added benefit of….”non.” A negating word preceding talking about me and my race/ethnicity. Now, wouldn’t that be helpful and good for a while? For me to experience what it may be like to have my personhood negated before a conversation even gets started? Because isn’t that what has happened with and to people of color for so long? Personhood negated through language, and a prism of other ways….
& why are emojis yellow (which is just code for white)? Why don't they come in black & make me have to change them?
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) January 10, 2017
As colorful as Judd’s social media tirade, so were the comments from fellow Facebook users regarding her bizarre post:
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