Minorities in cartoons: “The Boondocks”

This week’s entry is Aaron McGruder’s 1990s-2000s comic strip-turned-TV series “The Boondocks.” The strip (as well as the later TV series) is political in tone, commenting on African-American culture and politics. The strip focuses on the Freeman family: “Granddad” (as the grandkids call him) and his two grandchildren, Huey and Riley, who’ve relocated from Chicago’s south side to a mostly-Caucasian middle-class suburb. Like most cartoon and live-action sitcom children, Huey and Riley bear only passing resemblance to real-world grade-schoolers, with both embodying (or parodying) elements…

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