Technicalities of whether “race” can even be applied to humans aside, how many people here find the icon to be racist? I was staggered today to be informed by someone that they found it offensive, and that I was insensitive to be using it.
Given the right frame of mind, I can see how someone might want to see the eyes as reinforcing the old stereotypes from less enlightened times. However, I’m still flabbergasted that someone would take it seriously enough to request that I never use the icon again.
And while we’re on the topic, where did the smilies here come from? The copy I have is from a larger collection left at my company by a former graphic artist. I wonder if he lifted them from Jelsoft, or if they have a common source.