cruel intentions the world we live in

Hey, here’s my wild Steven Universe theory … The Homeworld both represents forces of violent colonialism, slavery, and bigotry, and also is made up of individuals that are each ultimately portrayed as three dimensional people with sympathetic motivations and needs. And why is that? 

Because colonialism, slavery, and bigotry all exist in the real nonfictional world, and all exist because of the actions and inactions of every day people.  Yes, all people - but I’m looking at you specifically, fellow white fans!!  We all knowingly and unknowingly exploit the oppressive structures we live in, to get a leg up, to get by, to protect ourselves and our families.  And we hurt people.  And most of the time, we rationalize away that fact, and we refuse to face it, because facing it is hard, frightening, and humbling work.   But it’s the exact kind of work that Steven Universe champions, and we do it a great disservice to ignore that message!

SU is not about how a few “Villains” with cruel, wicked intentions ruin it for all the Good People of the world.  SU is about how every last living creature in the world has a right to be alive in their own way, about understanding how and why we hurt each other in our attempts to to live - AND - it’s about taking responsibility for the ways we do great harm to each other, and taking active steps to change that.  And perhaps most subversively, SU is about how decent intentions are not enough if you aren’t willing to change yourself.  If you don’t fight to be truly kind in this world, you’ll stay trapped in toxic systems and relationships where you keep hurting and being hurt. 

Again and again, SU has stressed that “healing” is neither an easy or a simple process.  Steven’s greatest abilities are of course not his sparkly magical ones, but his great empathy and willingness to understand every living creature - intertwined with his choice to defend those who are being hurt, even when doing so means he has to stand up against the people he loves (Monster Buddies, Mirror Gem). 

If you walk away from SU thinking that you’re nothing like Homeworld Gems and our culture in the USA is nothing like Homeworld’s, you’re wrong.  If you only take away the theme that bigots also deserve a chance to learn and heal, and don’t also understand bigots must work hard to rectify the harm they’ve caused, you’re missing half the show!  If you thinking that the show’s message is simply a passive “love everyone,” you’ve missed an incredible vital message that love and healing take action, and a willingness to challenge both injustice and your own assumptions about people.

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This Is A Cruel World, We Live In!

This bitch ass Finn character. I do not approve of him one bit. 

On a personal level-I could not see Mercedes in an abusive relationship such as the one she’s in with Finn. I can see her in a relationship where they may argue from time to time, or even a lot but I don’t even think she’ll take too much of that before she walks away. I am enjoying the fic so far, but Finn’s insecure ass…ugh!