The Boondocks is Back!

Are you ready?! One of the greatest shows of our generation is coming back this evening. The fourth season of The Boondocks premiers at 10:30pm EST on Adult Swim.

I must admit, I’m late. I just got into The Boondocks a few weeks ago, but hell … better late than never! I was first introduced to TB in 2010, when my boyfriend at the time and I were on a flight to Brasil. He was watching it, and forced me to watch an episode with him. I didn’t like it. I thought it was too ignorant and too obnoxious…but that was only because I didn’t understand the clever social commentary underneath the plethora of unfortunate characters.

But, earlier this year, when it was announced that season 4 was on it’s way, I decided to give it another try. With an open mind, and a renewed intelligence about my ancestry, I watched The Boondocks and immediately fell in love.

Aesthetically, the show is beautiful. The animation is crisp, and references Japanese anime. Creator Aaron MacGruder is an avid fan. But, the graphics aren’t what ultimately caught me and converted me to a follower. The content did.

The Boondocks is outrageous … it’s certainly not for everyone. To enjoy TB, you have to have a thick skin; the “n word” is constantly thrown around, and the characters are exaggerated personas evident in today’s society. From Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy, who embody white privilege, to Uncle Ruckus (no relation), who highlights self-hate in the Black community, the show provokes deep thought about the future of racial interaction in an outlandishly raw manner.

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My favorite character is Huey Freeman, the show’s main protagonist. A 10 year old Black revolutionary, Huey serves as the moral center of highly the immoral show. He frequently registers opinions with a perspicacity lacking in most adults. Highly observant and emotionally withdrawn, Huey is the lens by which covert social commentary comes to the forefront. Voiced by Regina King, Huey Freeman is a fan favorite.

He is the older brother to Riley Freeman (also voiced by King), the immature brat who serves as a caricature of ignorant youth who idolize materialism and reject intellect. Huey and Riley are the grandsons of Robert Freeman (voiced by John Witherspoon), the semi-perverted and scheming retiree. Altogether, they live in a predominately white suburb, where their personalities often collide or coalesce with a myriad of equally intriguing neighbors and friends.

The Boondocks is a hidden gem that, in the future, will certainly be recognized for the genius that it is. For now, the show has to withstand tremendous controversy. With its portrayals of cultural icons, the show has invited disdain from a number of celebrities and other noted figures.

But that’s to be expected. When I first watched the show on that flight to Brasil, I, too, was disgusted by it’s sick portrayals of the Civil Rights Movement, and other figures who revolutionized the American landscape and promoted Black rights. But what I was missing was the cultural depth underneath; the implicit ideologies which were woven together to form a cultural critique on the Black experience in the 21st century. The Boondocks is a mirror that shows us the oddities in the Black community, and how those oddities are transfixed into the greater racial picture.

Season 4 is highly anticipated. After years being off the air, the show has a lot to live up to. Boondock’s creator, Aaron MacGruder isn’t involved, which have many fans questioning if the show can carry on with the same inexplicable majesty.

All I expect (and hope for) is the continued brash tone that startles the unsuspecting and excites the base. I expect cultural critique that encourages me, as a Black woman, to do better as a Black woman. I expect a facepalms and more insights into white privilege and self-hate. I expect conflicting feelings about hip hop, and the costs of upwards social mobility.

Basically, I expect The Boondocks to hold true to the formula that makes it great. Shock value throughout and sound reasoning at the end.

::whistles end credits::

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12 responses to “The Boondocks is Back!

  1. “I, too, was disgusted by it’s sick portrayals of the Civil Rights Movement, and other figures who revolutionized the American landscape and promoted Black rights.”

    – maybe I missed those episodes, but yeah most people argue that the civil rights act set black folks back as a whole…it was Malcolm X that said “Only a fool would let his enemy teach his children.”…before integration black folks in America had much more power economically because we practiced group economics…..but I’m ranting….basically I’m saying maybe we should critique some of those leaders to learn from their mistakes and grow from them.

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    • Hi Mr. Perfect, I didn’t know that most people were arguing that the civil rights act set black folks back. I do know that Malcolm X had stricter versions of his white enemy earlier on in his development and that before he died he had furthered his thinking…having been betrayed by the Nation of Islam and having visited Egypt and seeing that all muslims were not black but included all colors including white people. He learned that fear wasn’t going to organize or unify people forever and was beginning to make real connections with Martin Luther King… and that’s the reason he was assassinated (in my opinion). If he had united the north with the south black economic power would be real and integration may have seen greater successes and less setbacks. I realize slavery has never really ended. It has been outsourced or masked in political correctness, and the south has never stopped fighting to get dixie back, etc. but do you think we are better off segregated and that blacks can only teach blacks and whites who do, only do so to train, or pacify, or some collective manipulation? Not to put words in your mouth…
      I’m into diversity and my life would suck without it, so I ask these questions not to challenge or invalidate your beliefs, but to better understand where you are coming from. I first noticed your responses on this blog, due to your knowledge of music, which I am particularly interested in and eclectically so, and what music means politically and can do universally… so I’ve always liked the discussions between this blog author and yourself… if you feel like answering, thanks. If not, peace.

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      • I’m not pro segregation….I’m saying that blacks were better off economically before integration…busing black kids out to white schools never solved the original problem of separate but equal…and to this day that problem still isn’t solved

        ex. public schools in the inner city having less resources than public schools in a white suburban area.

        getting black people to migrate to white areas hurt the community as a whole, when you have family businesses and community businesses it helps everyone not just economically but politically….when you have no economic power you can’t buy or rent politicians so you have no voice….one reason obama will never have a black agenda….a gay one yes, mexican yes, jewish hell yes, but never a black one……………..

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      • Thanks for clarifying Mr. Perfect. I see what you mean. I lived in Chicago before they started to knock down Cabrini Green and supposedly they were going to put low income housing into middle class neighborhoods and stop segregating poverty, but Chicago is in a worse state of catastrophe than when I was there and additional thanks goes to Mayor Rahm Emanuel for forms of gentrification, as he assists the black community with more cuts in services and adds more cops.
        In Portland, Oregon I worked in public high schools that had no real resources and some of those schools got closed as public education failed to receive (property tax payer) votes. This made commutes longer and harder on low income students as well as busted up their communities. The schools that took them in, became over crowded and the attention individual students received was insufficient. So, I absolutely agree with your assessment.
        I think partly Obama doesn’t have a black agenda, because he’s bi-racial and doesn’t identify himself as black very often. He tends to be more like an old school moderate republican, with backers like Larry Sumner, Axelrod, Emanuel, most of his former and current advisors… and so he doesn’t have a black agenda really. He’s a capitalist. And that’s ok, but it isn’t democratic. He’s a strong man for taking the impossible job and showing up everyday, but he’s a weak president and admits this regularly. Which is bad “poker”. But that being said, you’re right… without economic power no army can be successful. You’ve probably read The Art of War by Sun Tzu… A tried and true general… whose wisdom has never failed… even when discussing failure.
        Never say say never… and keep up the good fight, Mr. Perfect. Thanks for your insights and response.

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      • Obama is just a salesman in my eyes, when I look at his campaign most of his money came from banks and insurance companies….and that’s who he looked out for, with the bank bailout and with Obamacare which is really just a bailout for those same insurance companies (because now they have 32 million new custormers)….blacks don’t have the economic power to get him to do anything and Obama and his handlers know that him just being president is symbolic enough to blacks in America to the point where he has most of black america’s support regardless of him having an agenda or not….ex he may not consider himself jewish either but that won’t stop him from sending Israel billions every year…………..oh yeah and you asked me about music too. Music is a universal language and can change periods of history if allowed to…like even lil wayne has revolutionary music but the labels and radio won’t allow those songs to hit airwaves or radio because they want to sell products and get people to forget their problems almost like a drugs….to me music is drugs….more so medicine…but the labels and radio just put out painkillers primarily which is why you keep hearing songs like “Pharrell – Happy” or “Drake – Trophies, or We Made It” lol

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      • So true, Mr. Perfect. His “Handlers” is a much more apt word for his advisors… And yes, he appears as much a war monger as the Bush dynasty ever was. I think it’s not ok to simply support Obama on the superficial level of symbolic black president, because before he won, I had a plumber working on my sink who unprofessionally started talking politics with me, I guess trying to sleuth if I was his “kind”…he said he might end up voting for Obama, just so blacks would finally stop complaining. Like the token would prove we aren’t racist. So… my thinking is symbolism doesn’t cut the mustard. I think realistically we start somewhere, do what we can, take what we can get, but I’m not one to quietly settle for it… although I choose my battles.
        I love (without any flattery and in utmost sincerity) when you talk about music. You earn your name Mr. Perfect. Thanks.

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      • So this may be redundant, but the reply I typed just disappeared in a tiny flash… I don’t know if it’ was a glitch or what I am facing when this occurs…

        I know sometimes I’m deleted as a brusque commentator and or a blog is made private or comments are closed after a certain point…

        In any case, I agree with your presidential review. And symbolism doesn’t cut the mustard, as a plumber I mistakenly hired said before Obama was elected that maybe he would vote for him so that “black people would stop complaining” as if the gesture would appease and prove we are not racist. Symbolism is dangerous propaganda.
        On that note, however, “firsts” can still be important if we ever decide to vote for qualified firsts. And yeah… there’s a deficit in resources that enable all people to become qualified so double edged swords go ’round.
        Your music reviews are among my favorite. I’m grateful for your knowledge and sharing. I admit that for a while I was smitten with Drop the World featuring Eminem by Lil’ Wayne… radio has been monopolized by conservatives and states don’t even own their own stations. Like, Texas owns a lot of Portland radio stations and plays the same “painkillers” as you coined them, so it’s like you get one station actually behind the guise of many channel choices. And sports radio took over liberal talk, because of companies like Nike endorsing certain universities because gambling on college sports is actually big with state pride parents… and the endowment for colleges goes up with football and basketball teams and it’s kind of ironic Michelle’s brother is a college coach… while Rush Limbaugh lives on, popping his pills…(speaking of bad medicine.) Which reminds me of a good reason for Brotha Lynch Hung (feat. COS) and “spit it out”…

        It occurred to me to mention that I think the students who attempted integration under the leadership of their time, were not responsible for setting black people back… As well as progress is measured by many different standards and has a variety of definitions. But I think I understand and agree with your general view of integration having failed.
        Thanks for the dialogue!

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      • Dang it’s gone, at least I got a chance to read the first one lol…..and nah I don’t blame the students, I blame the leadership….it’s just like what went down in South Africa, the deal was blacks would no longer be legally beat in the head but no economic power would be given……They’ll loosen the noose and give you symbolic victories all day but those that hold the power will never just give it too you….this is why Nelson Mandela is so revered by the corporate media (but only post prison Nelson Mandela) as well as the civil rights movement…..MLK was a great man but you never hear about his speeches against vietnam or his speeches about economic equality only blacks and whites holding hands basically anything that fits the post-racial agenda america like the perpetrate…..and I appreciate the compliments, half the time I just think I’m talkin junk….but hey maybe not;)

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      • I haven’t heard “junk” come out of your mouth yet. Just truth be told. Tip of the ice berg too. And for the record, I do not find you misanthropic for talking about atrocities, injustices, or social,political, historical realties. I totally appreciate your perspectives and things I’ve learned from you.

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      • I had to look up misanthropic and whooooooo *wipes head* I’m happy I’m not that. And I’ll keep spittin truth, this is a hella good blog so it’s easy for me to do on this one lol.

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      • Yes. she’s inspiring.

        And because you used the word “junk” I just wanted to be clear that I consider “junk” to be of a misanthropic nature. (My favorite books are dictionaries. And then picture books… and then history books… )And I don’t want you to belittle your own voice. Because it’s exciting to hear someone who can talk about the serious and balance it with humor. Satire is thrilling when done well. Your artwork is clean too. Very clear and succinct. I put a lot of graphic novels down if they do not grab me, but you have a gift. I’m so pleased to have encountered your eyes and ears on the world.

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  2. I scared of this season, for the fact that Aaron Mcgruder released a statement saying he has no involvement. The new episode last night was….ehhhhh…..

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