Recently, there’s been an addition to the comics page of the Chicago Tribune. It’s a strip called “The Boondocks” and I’m assuming it’s in syndication. For those of you who don’t read it, I’ll give a brief synopsis so you’ll at least know what I’m prattling on about:
Two black boys live with their grandfather in a white suburbian neighborhood. Most of the plot revolves around the older boy (pre-teen) and his attitudes about the black race, the white race, some inter-racial girl, and the neighborhood. Really, that’s about it.
So far, reaction to the strip has been fairly polarlized. People either say it’s cutting edge and witty or else racist and demeaning. A fair amount have hinted that the only reason why the author of the strip (A. McGregor) gets away with it is because he’s black and so he’s allowed to get away with insulting white people because saying he can’t would be “racist”. Some of the recent plots have involved the boy creating a “Klan Watch” program for the neighborhood because he suspects the KKK has inflintrated, him being upset that his toy light saber wouldn’t actually kill girls, and most recently, him refusing to celebrated Independance Day because blacks were still held as slaves in 1776.
So… I have found the comic to be a little bothersome at times. However, being the fair-minded guy I am, I figure that instead of just huffing over it, I’d think to myself how I’d react if the same plot was in Doonesbury, a politically edged strip I enjoy reading. For the most part, I’ve realized that I’d either find it amusing or at least not insulting. Some of them though have gone to the point of utter revulsion. Namely, the whole Independance Day thing (which makes me think, “so… am I supposed to feel guilty or something about something that happened over 200 years ago and had nothing to do with me or even my Polish forefathers?”).
Out of curiousity, anyone else read it? Have opinions? Want to rant at me for being a racist lout? Don’t tell me “if you don’t like it, don’t read it”. I’m well aware of that choice and can make that decision myself - I’m more curious about other people’s thoughts than hints on how to not read a comic strip.
“I guess it is possible for one person to make a difference, although most of the time they probably shouldn’t.”