regarding the new reveal of concrete from the steven universe art book, I’m extremely disappointed. I, myself, am a nonbinary bi black woman who looked up to this show for a long time. To be fair, the show has had many problems for a long time, a lot of problems that often were and still are shut down by many of the fans and a few of the writers. this is the “gem” below.
what I notice mostly, however, is the amount of white and nonblack fans downplaying this issue and saying that we are “overthinking” the image. this is no surprise to me because a majority of these fans are also people saying marceline from adventure time isn’t a person of color even though her mother looks like this:
or darwin from the amazing world of gumball shouldn’t have to be prorated as black even though all of his voice actors have been black and will continue to be black:
black representation is important to us and having a show creator who considered a gem who looks like a minstrel cartoon and stereotypes race-coded characters is infuriating and deeply upsetting. so no, we’re not overthinking or overreacting. we have the right to be upset that this image was draw AND published into the official art book for the show.