I agree with this. If the game didn't already have poor representation, blackface-as-an-option wouldn't be as risky as it currently is.
The way the game currently is, we have fish and panda people coming in before anyone that isn't "stateless" (anime design term for the ambiguous white/asian ethnicity seen in anime and anime based properties...why you have a redheaded Midori or a samurai-esque Grave).
My impression is that this is not due to any ill-will or malice. But if we then throw in skin-darkening options as a pacifier before addressing the actual issue, the risk of appearing to take the lazy way out intensifies.
I personally don't mind either way. I kind of like black Setsuki. (not black Geiger, though, he literally looks like he's very, very ill!) I don't see it as an insult, but then I am not easily offended. What I can say though is, I obviously know a lot of people with my ethnic background and skin colour, (being a POC myself) and I can say with confidence that a lot of people are offended by that sort of thing, and do not find it funny at all. I also respect their opinions because I can see it comes from a real place, even if it is one I can't personally relate to.
I personally would only be disappointed if the caricature route was taken (The grass skirts and torso-sized masks I mentioned earlier). Not that I don't have a sense of humour, but context is king, if you get my meaning- if your sole representation of an entire people is a joke, the message degrades from 'hold on, we'll get to you in time' to 'just hang on a bit while we laugh our heads off at you'
Neither is ideal, but one is clearly worse. I can only imagine that for those who are offended by surface-level skin darkening, a similar dichotomy applies.
I wouldn't be bothered if Sirlin decides to implement the palettes. But I absolutely see where he's coming from when he says 'no palettes, we will do proper characters' and support him, because I know the sort of debacle that can escalate out of that. The fact that the games' design is not inclusive at the moment is an oversight, and one that can be corrected before it becomes a source of real pain for a demographic of players (or a PR disaster for a game that deserves nothing but a ton of good press)