The Boondocks: Shaping a Generation

The internet has been a swirling pool of things I just can’t look at because of hate-speech, sexism, and all sorts of ol’ bull shit.  I have been sitting back reading about all of the world events of the past eight weeks and find myself in a weird place.  I am an avid enjoyer of reading the news and having discussions about political issues, but of late it has all been far more than I can handle (I am very sensitive).

Now, I have always been a little different from my peers and growing up my peers made sure that I knew that. Even in a performing arts high school I found a small enclave of other minorities in my situation but still did not largely fit in with the black population.  My insecurities from middle school carried right over and I just assumed that I would not belong, so I found my niche with others.  In that niche I learned to build confidence in myself, and found that liking DMX and British literature did not mean that I needed to be alone.

Now enter The Boondocks, I am now a feminist and not confused about what it means to be a Black American.  I watched it and cackled for hours and all I could do was wish that Adult Swim would have built a brand that I felt was more attractive when I was a teenager. Aaron McGruder created something that so accurately represented my Black American experience that I felt a little less like an outsider in this world.

The dichotomy that is Huey and Riley is the perfect representation of my own feelings about the Black experience.  I also feel strongly militant and that there is a need to dismantle this system that created this patriarchal power structure that I cannot seem to break free from. But I also love some Southern Rap.

Both of the boys are voiced by actress Regina King and I think that is one of the most poignant things about the show.  The boys are two sides to the same coin. They are brothers and though they may seem to be enemies they are still a family. Being a nerd and into hip-hop always left me in a strange place in this world. I liked to read fantasy books, but I also knew all of the words to “Tha Block is Hot.” I love a long, silky, wet-n-wavy, as much as I love to style my coils into an up-do.  I love a loud patterned pencil skirt, but I will also slap a simple cardigan with it.

Despite all the hardships associated with being a WoC I get the distinct benefit of being part of a generation of brown people that are making the rules for themselves.  I wish I would have had The Boondocks a little earlier in my life so I could know that I was not the only one that felt this strange tear in my sensibilities.



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