A new comic strip called “The Boondocks” is promoting the “one drop” myth and ridiculing “interracial” marriage and ancestry in the comics pages of daily newspapers throughout the country. Its creator, “black” cartoonist Aaron McGruder, has made no secret of his contempt for free choice in “racial” identification.
Most of “The Boondocks” seems devoted to the bullying of a multiracial girl, “Jazmine DuBois,” by the pint-sized black militant protagonist, “Huey.” The “Huey” character is, according to “The Boondocks” web site (http://www.boondocks.net/huey.html), the spokesman for the cartoonist. It is “Huey’s” mission to force “Jazmine” to renounce her European-American ancestry and “white” mother in favor of an allegiance to his Afro-centric, white-hating, black-militant ideology. He insists that the numerous ethnicities in her ancestry equal nothing but “black.”
“Jazmine’s” parents are ridiculed to show McGruder’s opposition to official “interracial” marriages. Her “white” mother is presented as a frivolous liberal who doesn’t realize that she can never understand any “black thing,” and her father, Tom (no accidental use of that name), is presented as inferior to the black-militant child, “Huey,” in understanding the “racial” realities of the world. Not surprisingly, McGruder opposes official “interracial” marriages while making “Jazmine” into a sex symbol for young “black” males like “Huey.” His web page describes “Jazmine” as a “confused cutie-pie” (http://www.boondocks.net/characters.html). We’ve heard THAT song before!
“Huey” insists that “Jazmine’s” frizzy hair gives her no choice but to be “black” (despite her fair skin, green eyes and light-brown hair (http://www.boondocks.net/jazmine.html). You can bet the rent that no one in “The Boondocks” will defend Jazmine by pointing out that plenty of “white” people have “frizzy” hair or that Latinos and North Africans with far more “black” ancestry than Jazmine do not call themselves “black” and do not fear that anyone can force them to do so. No one will point out that “Jazmine” has the legal right to reject a forced “black” identity.
The game is given to “Huey’s” black militancy because the author makes sure that he never encounters a truly logical or sharp response to his bullying.
The “Jazmine” character’s rejection of forced, mutually exclusive racial categories is described as “utopian” and “confused” on “The Boondocks” web page. It may come as news to McGruder that many people in this country agree with “Jazmine.” Not only has the Multiracial Movement forced an increased awareness and use of mixed-race terminologies, but the Libertarian Party has advocated the total abolition of legal “racial” categories. You will never hear about that in “The Boondocks.”
Aaron McGruder’s comic strip presents a 1960s “Black Panther” view of the world. It’s time he grew up and accepted the fact that the world cannot be neatly divided into “black” and “white.”
I urge your readers to e-mail local newspapers in which “The Boondocks” appears and protest McGruder’s “one drop” racism.