Down with The Boondocks: Aaron McGruder rages against the machine.In a world gone mad, we need artists to remind us that we're not the ones who are crazy. So I'm beginning an irregular series of Cultural Survival Tips for the Age of Bush. Here's tip #1: The Boondocks, the daily comic strip by the young African-American writer/artist Aaron McGruder.
Boondocks is the Doonesbury of the hip-hop era. It's a hip, satirical, back-of-the-book take on the front-page absurdities of the daily news. And, just as Doonesbury was during Vietnam, McGruder's Boondocks is in a permanent state of uncompromising resistance to the "war on terror This article is about U.S. actions, and those of other states, after September 11, 2001. For other conflicts, see Terrorism.
The War on Terror (also known as the War on Terrorism " and the corporate media propaganda that underlies it.
This is a strip in which, in the wake of 9/11, the 10-year-old protagonist, the precocious young revolutionary Huey Freeman, regularly called John Ashcroft's "Terror Information Program" (TIP) line to report the likes of Ronald Reagan, Donald Rumsfeld, and Bushes I and II for their roles in arming, training, and supporting terrorists over the past 20 years.
Boondocks appears in .300 daily newspapers around the United States. At least it's in them somewhere, most of the time. As they've done with Doonesbury, many papers have bumped it to the op-ed page.
There's a certain logic to that move. It's hard to argue that Huey really belongs next to Beetle Bailey and Dagwood Dagwood
comic strip character exasperated over Blondie’s sale purchases. [Comics: “Blondie” in Horn, 118–119]
See : Exasperation
relieves tensions by making and eating gargantuan sandwiches. . But it also limits the strip's potential readership to the people who bother to look at the op-ed page. That's a problem because the point of McGruder's style of pop-cultural subversion (like that of his white blood brother, Michael Moore) is to get the revolutionary message into the minds of the unthinking, aliterate a·lit·er·ate
Able to read but not interested in reading. See Usage Note at literate.
a·liter·a·cy n. media consumer.
Other papers refuse on some days to run Boondocks strips, when McGruder's satirical knife is especially sharp. The New York Daily x News dropped it entirely for a couple of months after Sept. 11. The Washington Post didn't mind when Huey called for the incarceration Confinement in a jail or prison; imprisonment.
Police officers and other law enforcement officers are authorized by federal, state, and local lawmakers to arrest and confine persons suspected of crimes. The judicial system is authorized to confine persons convicted of crimes. of the president of the United States The head of the Executive Branch, one of the three branches of the federal government.
The U.S. Constitution sets relatively strict requirements about who may serve as president and for how long. . But then came the "Get a man for Condi" campaign, which suggested that war could be prevented if Condoleezza Rice had somebody to love. That, apparently, was over the line, and the Post yanked the strip for one week.
Boondocks views the world through the eyes of a group of black kids in a predominantly white suburb (the "boondocks" of the title). The two main characters, Huey and his brother Riley, were moved from the South Side of Chicago out to the boonies boon·ies
Rural country or a jungle.
[Shortening and alteration of boondocks.] to live with their grandfather.
The strip is going on its sixth year now, and the kids haven't aged. They are like the Peanuts kids. Except that the Peanuts kids lived (then and now) in a timeless bubble of childhood, mostly safe from the outside world.
Boondocks reflects the fact that, in the 21st century, the bubble has evaporated. These kids are exposed to the big, chaotic, and confusing world of the mass media, and left mostly on their own to make sense of it. This gives McGruder a perfect voice for his profound and perpetual outrage at the media lies and pop-cultural idiocy IDIOCY, med. jur. That condition of mind, in which the reflective, or all or a part of the affective powers, are either entirely wanting, or are manifested to the least possible extent.
2. Idiocy generally depends upon organic defects. that fill the air of our daily lives, and the machinations of corporate greed that the media circus conceals.
As you may have guessed, Huey Freeman (a "free man" in the making) is named for Black Panther Party Black Panther Party (for Self-Defense)
U.S. African American revolutionary party founded in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale (b. 1936) in Oakland, Calif. Its original purpose was to protect African Americans from acts of police brutality. " founder Huey P. Newton Huey Percy Newton (February 17, 1942 – August 22, 1989), was co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, a black internationalist/racial equality organization that began in October 1966. (who, in turn, had been named for Louisiana's Depression-era populist Gov. Huey P. Long). Huey has an enormous Afro hairdo and the Marxist-nationalist worldview of a reincarnated Panther. His knowledge of black history and culture is worthy of an African-American studies major (which McGruder was at the University of Maryland University of Maryland can refer to:
Huey was born during McGruder's student days, when the revolutionary rap of Public Enemy and KRS-ONE ruled the world of hip-hop. That spirit, sadly, has faded from the mainstream music scene. But MeGruder is keeping it alive in the funnies, or wherever you can find him.
Danny Duncan Collum, a Sojourners contributing editor, teaches writing at Bust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi Holly Springs is a city in Marshall County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 7,957 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Marshall CountyGR6. .