Let’s remember that the hyper-competent black woman who never gets a romance storyline and carries all the white people on her team, is not a progressively written character. The trope exists to justify the centuries old bullshit of treating black women like unlovable beasts of burden while white women get to be treasured decorative objects to be protected (which is a better position, don’t lie, like it’s not ‘actual person’ good, but it’s a biiiig step up.)
Like she’s cool and she’s a badass, but she deserves to get to be vulnerable, and treasured and loved and not treated like an expendable resource rather than a lovable and valued human being.
Isn’t that just a slightly evolved version of the mammy stereotype?
I believe it’s sort of a cross between the mammy stereotype and the Sapphire stereotype, but I may be entirely wrong, but like Tara from TrueBlood does a ton of emotional labor but is also portrayed as angry and “difficult” even though her anger is very justified.