You seem to be more ashamed of black trends, and are advocating for black people to be portrayed in the most epic, heroic ways, as to the point of absurdity. Steven Universe is supposed to be a show where people can enjoy and relate to by representing different identities. As a black person, I don’t relate to Garnet outside of aesthetic, but her attitudes are reserved and secretive. These are not “black stereotypes” by any means, and her ability to be strong and stern (or as you call it, masculine) is a reflection of her role as the leader. She’s secretive, just like Rose Quartz. Garnet’s body type is common with a lot of black women — just because it was ostracized, doesn’t make it any less true or shameful.
As for Amethyst, she’s relatable because she reminds me of a lot of girls, many of whom are black, and she deals with a lot of the same struggles. I.e., being judgemental. I’m sure a lot of people, particularly black viewers, have noticed. I would code Amethyst as South-East Asian, but whatever. The point of the show — a common theme you miss — is that you’re not supposed to be ashamed of these traits. You call them negative, or stereotypes, but they’re neither negative nor exclusive to any race. Plenty of lower-class white girls act just like Amethyst.
As for Pearl’s arrogance, yeah that’s a character trait as well, one that has been shown to cause conflicts. You act like Pearl is always right — she’s not — and her behavior is obsessive and arguably self-destructive. If you couldn’t figure that out, then I don’t know what to tell you.
The Sugilite thing has been refuted so many times, I’m not even going to bother.
-Fusion doesn’t equal sex. Just because it’s erotic, doesn’t make it sex. You need to make your analysis more complex and stop assessing things simplistically.
-Jasper is definitely not “black coded”, like at all. She gives off a burly white woman vibe. From the long straight hair, to the voice especially, to the royal acting, to the “I wanna best the black coded character” — everything about her screams, no offense, white burly backwoods girl. There’s really nothing black about her, yet you reached that conclusion because you wanted to take a violent character and make them black, to fit the argument. Your own insecurities are characterizing implications where there were none. And you seem to reek of them, I mean I don’t think anyone cares about your identity.
Look, I don’t know how Medium works or why they would bother giving voice to a recycled, desperate to be offended, anti-SU argument from “ironic tumblr”, but if you want people to take you more seriously, try not to start out your essay with a list of pretentious demands, to quell common counter-arguments. Especially when your actual essay isn’t much deep thinking either, but instead it’s:
“Oh look! A “black” character portrayed in a way I don’t like. That represents to an extent, something that black people may often do/be: like have wide hips, or be more assertive. I’ll just call that a stereotype, and I’ll look at it from a superficial “this black character”, “that white character” aspect, and not examine genuine character motivations!”
You call that “black stereotypes”, I would call it “embracing blackness.”
You should really make your own show where all the black characters are skinny super-intellectuals with zero flaws and feminine traits to the max.