Capcom really needs to learn to divide its series up between different characters instead of pigeonholing the series to just Chris and Jill. Claire Redfield hasn't been seen in a primary game since Code Veronica, Rebecca Chambers and Billy Coen have all but fallen off the face of the Earth; the characters of Outbreak have yet to be seen in another game and the list goes on. Sheva (and Josh Stone) is just another in a long line of "new characters" to join the ranks of the unvisited after their initial showing. It's a shame, really, because she was one of the best parts of RE5 outside Excella.
People bitched about that pretty much because there's Black Africans in Africa that were being shot which is the dumbest thing I've heard, I doubt they're avoiding making a certain race of characters over a group of dumb people who made a dumb accusation.
Except that it wasn't bitching, a lot of it was pretty justified when you step back from the knee-jerk reaction of ''Resident Evil'' being deconstructed from a critical standpoint at all. Especially when the arguments were valid once you start looking at the social implications of a white character (Chris Redfield) and a light-skinned [West] African woman (Sheva Alomar) killing en masse her darker skinned counterparts.
Throw in how people in Africa are depicted as downtrodden "savages" in need of rescue from a white counter part and you've got a problematic recipe for disaster that most were right to point out. Infected characters or not, considering the general Xenophobia and unfamiliarity Japan has with other cultures outside of their own I'm not at all surprised they never realized the problem that would arise from their general depiction of Black and African characters in RE5. It may not have been Capcom's ''intention'' to come off as racist or prejudiced toward the peoples of Africa, but it would be silly to outright pretend there wasn't some serious and unfortunate implications in the whole ordeal, especially when you take into consideration there wasn't any research put into the locale and setting at all. Sheva's "Tribal" costume and the Sodibaya (Wetland Majini) come straight out of a offensive 1930s stereotypes of Black and African cultures. [SOURCE]