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Non-White Emoji Are Finally Coming

People of color looking to append a few emoji to their text messages have always had a bit of a problem. They could choose from a range of insects, or decide whether to include a toothed whale or one of the baleen variety. But there was no option to send a character whose skin looked like theirs. That is finally changing. Earlier this week a proposal was circulated to change the standard that guides the shape of the picture alphabets. The new plan for emoji would default to a nonrealistic skin color and include pieces of code that could modify characters with five additional options for skin tone.