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Racist Boondocks Cartoon in Sunday papers 1/9/05
Philadelphia Inquirer | 1/9/05 | American Infidel

Posted on 01/09/2005 7:31:05 AM PST by American Infidel

I know I shouldn't be nearly as angry as I am over this (In fact, I know I shouldn't even care), but I couldn't help but notice that featured prominently on the top of the front page of the comic section of today's Philadelphia Inquirer (big surprise) was today's blatantly racist Boondocks comic strip. The strip in question consisted of one frame in which two young black characters observed a white character jogging in the snow while dressed for warm weather. The line written for the black characters is simply “White People”. The implication was obviously that only white people would do something as stupid as to go jogging in the winter, while being dressed for warmer weather. Imagine for a moment that the strip consisted of two white men waiting for a bus to take them to work while observing a black man sitting on the corner, drinking a 40 ounce malt liquor beverage, with the line, “Black People” coming from one of the white characters, implying that only black people would be sitting on the corner on a week day, getting drunk while other people were on their way to work. Not only would this strip never see the light of day, but all future strips from the cartoonist would have been cancelled. The Philadelphia Inquirer on the other hand, chooses to run the strip and to feature it prominently at the top of the front page of the comic section. I understand that Aaron McGruder is the “voice of angry black America” and that he must be treated with kid gloves, otherwise they will be accused of being racist and no corporate entity wants that kind of P.R., but this is ridiculous. It's not the strip itself that ticked me off (it was sort of humorous actually), it was the hypocrisy and the double standard of UPI, the Philly Inquirer, and the other urban newspapers that I am sure ran the strip today. OK that's my rant. Thanks for listening.


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1 posted on 01/09/2005 7:31:06 AM PST by American Infidel
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To: American Infidel
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Show us the cartoon - then we'll tell you!
2 posted on 01/09/2005 7:31:52 AM PST by KMC1
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To: American Infidel

A picture speaks a thousand words.


3 posted on 01/09/2005 7:33:30 AM PST by holymoly (Whatever)
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To: American Infidel; KMC1
 
Owl_Eagle

"You know, I'm going to start thanking
the woman who cleans the restroom in
the building I work in.  I'm going to start
thinking of her as a human being"

-Hillary Clinton
(Yes, she really said that
Peggy Noonan
The Case Against Hillary Clinton, pg 55)

4 posted on 01/09/2005 7:34:34 AM PST by South Hawthorne (Soon to be known as Beanie Mom, if everything goes according to plan!)
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To: American Infidel

Yup, I'd call that rascist.

5 posted on 01/09/2005 7:36:20 AM PST by Hodar (With Rights, comes Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Owl_Eagle
Look at that awful "white" person, engaging in solitary self-improvement, while others stand idly and snicker.

Yeah, it's a racist cartoon, but not in the way the artist intended.

6 posted on 01/09/2005 7:36:27 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Don't blame me. I voted for Sharpton.)
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To: American Infidel

Aaron Macgruder (the illustrator) is vehemently anti-white. The Boston Glop (globe) runs Boondocks - it is routinely, racist, violent (against whites), crude, anti-Christian, and anti-American.


7 posted on 01/09/2005 7:36:50 AM PST by NHResident
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To: American Infidel

Relax...Boondocks is left-wing but not racist. Check out the Christmas strips with the black Santa picking on the black kids for being lazy and criminal, then on the ones mocking Kwanzaa [sp?].
It's true that as black man the author has more freedom to discuss racial issues than a white cartoonist would, but that's hardly his fault.


8 posted on 01/09/2005 7:37:31 AM PST by johnmilken
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To: American Infidel
The existence of Boondocks in liberal local daily publication merely proves that the Left has big stakes in keeping Black and Whites at each other throats. It is more important to keep people upset than publisher's circulation and profit.
9 posted on 01/09/2005 7:37:38 AM PST by oyez (¡Qué viva la revolución de Reagan!)
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To: American Infidel

I get your point that double standards and that black people can be overly sensitive about jokes or stereotypes does that mean that white people have to be that way too? I just don't find that particular comic offensive.


10 posted on 01/09/2005 7:37:40 AM PST by Catphish
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To: American Infidel
Only white people can be racist.
11 posted on 01/09/2005 7:37:40 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan (We childproofed our home, but they are still getting in)
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To: American Infidel

Artist: Aaron McGruder

Confronting Bodies: The Washington Post

Date of Action: November 2003

Specific Location: Washington, D.C.

Description of Artwork: Aaron McGruder is the creator and author of "The Boondocks," a comic strip that features several African American characters. The teenaged protagonist, Huey Freeman, frequently asserts his political views.


Description of Incident: In the strip in question, Huey and his friend Caesar suggest that U.S. National Security Advisor, Condoleeza Rice, "needs some good ol' fashioned lovin'." The Washington Post suggested that since they could not verify whether Rice was involved in a relationship or not, they would not print the strip.



Results of Incident: The Washington Post discontinued "The Boondocks" for the week.


12 posted on 01/09/2005 7:37:54 AM PST by bitt
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To: Hodar

Hmmm... I do find it pretty funny, but I do acknowledge that it'd be racist if it mocked a black stereotype. (Unless the mock-ee was Condi Rice, of course.)

That old man in Boondocks is the wisest one and does have some sense. He's protrayed as being at peace with himself whereas that main character is perpetually angry and unhappy. I wonder if this is a subconcious acknowledgement of the truth.


13 posted on 01/09/2005 7:40:16 AM PST by Nataku X (There are no converts in Islam... only hostages.)
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To: johnmilken

ooo...clue me in on how to post images and I'll see what I can find...essentially Boondocks has run that imaginary 'malt liquor' strip dozens of times.


14 posted on 01/09/2005 7:40:33 AM PST by johnmilken
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To: American Infidel

Darn! I just raced out to the box to see if it was in my Sunday paper, "The Wisconsin State Journal." No luck!

Quite surprising, though. I'll check "The Capital Times" on line. That's our local socialist rag, so I'll bet it's in there!

BRB.


15 posted on 01/09/2005 7:40:51 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: johnmilken

If that's "racist" then I can say we can all go home and forget about the whole race thing. Pretty harmless stuff.

I think it's even funny.

You'd prefer a cartoon which notes that the only time some people run through the city streets is with a TV in their arms, trying to outrun the police dog?

Jeez.


16 posted on 01/09/2005 7:40:51 AM PST by TWohlford
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To: American Infidel

http://www2.uclick.com/client/pil/bo


17 posted on 01/09/2005 7:41:01 AM PST by Ellesu
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To: bitt

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/01/04/tem_tem1comic.html

'And for those outraged that the low-rated Doonesbury survived while Boondocks didn't, we made the decision to drop Boondocks because we did not want to keep publishing a comic that we regularly needed to censor. During the past year, Boondocks was substituted a number of times because it was deemed inappropriate for a family newspaper. And not just this family newspaper. Editors across the country were making the same decisions.

Our policy is that we publish a comic strip or we don't. Once we start pulling specific strips, as well as entire weeks' worth, it is time to drop that strip. Although Boondocks has its fans, many of you were uncomfortable with it, and at times we were, too. '

kudos to the Enquirer, Cincinnatti, dated 1/4/04


18 posted on 01/09/2005 7:41:41 AM PST by bitt
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To: American Infidel
Good observations.

I, too, have seen this stip and it is truly disgusting. Those who are attracted to something of this nature are illiterates, hence only two words.

19 posted on 01/09/2005 7:43:03 AM PST by JesseHousman
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To: Hodar

Should we mug him to get those neat tennis shoes.

Now that is racist.


20 posted on 01/09/2005 7:43:06 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (expert, break it down, ex = has been, spurt = drip under pressure.)
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To: American Infidel

I cancelled my local paper because of a Boondocks strip. The paper's circulation has since declined, in sync with MSM declines everywhere. That paper has since dropped Boondocks, which is indeed racist.


21 posted on 01/09/2005 7:45:25 AM PST by TheGeezer
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To: American Infidel

Hey, anything goes as long as you're on the left side of the fence. You can make a movie titled "White Girls" or "White Men Can't Jump", or if you're a stand up comic who happens to be (insert ethnicity), devote a third of your routine to making fun of whitey. Hell, I think some of it is pretty funny myself. Its just the feigned indignity and crocodile tears shed by the suddenly sensitive leftists when we return the favor that galls me.


22 posted on 01/09/2005 7:47:47 AM PST by zygoat
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To: Nataku X

i don't see where it is even funny...is the humor supposed to be that they are mocking the runner for running in shorts in snow: or running with a fancy outfit on: or just plain running to be running?

my first reaction is to be resentful that some paper thinks this is acceptable.


23 posted on 01/09/2005 7:47:53 AM PST by bitt
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To: johnmilken
clue me in on how to post images

Here

24 posted on 01/09/2005 7:48:42 AM PST by Jackknife ( "Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking." --J. C. Watts, Jr.)
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To: American Infidel

I wonder how the Philidelphia Inquirer would react if he drew an effiminately dressed man standing there and said "gay people".


25 posted on 01/09/2005 7:50:04 AM PST by Brett66 (W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1)
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To: johnmilken
I don't think Boondocks is racist either - in fact, I think the word "racist" is thrown around way too lightly these days by too many people. It signifies a belief that one race is inherently superior to another, as in believing that black people were by default less intelligent than white people. It was the dominant view by the vast majority of the white intelligentsia of the 19th century and well before. I may be naive, but I truly believe there are very few true racists around these days, in the US anyway.

The correct term, IMO, should be "bigoted," which Boondocks definitely can be at times. Including, I think, now. MacGruder occasionally shows a real level of cluelessness about the very culture in which he lives. This is an unfortunate consequence of seeing every single thing through a prism of racial divide. Yeah, he can be funny, but I usually avoid Boondocks because more often than not, he makes me sad.

26 posted on 01/09/2005 7:51:54 AM PST by DGray (http://nicanfhilidh.blogspot.com)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

If you had two white people doing a waltz, and observing black kids doing break-dancing; and the white couple said "Black People", the cartoonist would never work again.

If a white person is the target, everything's OK.

I HATE double standards.


27 posted on 01/09/2005 7:52:45 AM PST by Hodar (With Rights, comes Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: mhking

"Just damn" ping?


28 posted on 01/09/2005 7:53:11 AM PST by anonymous_user (Not everything's a conspiracy.)
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To: American Infidel
The comic strip is annoying when you think about it. All this white guy is doing is jogging---minding his own business---and that is worthy of ridicule somehow because he's white. [insert canned laughter...not!]
29 posted on 01/09/2005 7:54:00 AM PST by KJC1 (overused DUmmie words: fascist, hubris, disenfranchisement)
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To: American Infidel
You know, this doesn't bother me. I guess its a symptom of being conservative, not being easily offended. If the tables were turned, you know that the other side would be screaming at the top of their lungs. In short it's the hypocrisy that offends me, not the joke.
30 posted on 01/09/2005 7:56:35 AM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: American Infidel
I see a lot of thought went into this comic.

"Its a Black Thing"

31 posted on 01/09/2005 7:56:41 AM PST by ßuddaßudd (7 days - 7 ways ( but you must follow the instructions carefully))
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To: Catphish
I just don't find that particular comic offensive.

OK, let's reverse it:

Now is it offensive?

32 posted on 01/09/2005 7:57:00 AM PST by humblegunner (And who knows what else?)
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To: DGray
It signifies a belief that one race is inherently superior to another

Isn't that precisely what you're supposed to take away from this cartoon?

33 posted on 01/09/2005 7:57:57 AM PST by anonymous_user (Not everything's a conspiracy.)
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To: bitt

I'm white and a runner (albeit treadmill, not outdoor) and found this funny. It's the running in the snow bit. I think the joke could have been handled more tactfully if it were framed in a general "Why torture yourself" way instead of pointing out the skin color.

Foxtrot did a comic like that and it was pretty funny.
Jason: "Why does Mom run, Dad?"
Dad: "To keep herself good-looking and healthy."
(Mom passes by, sweaty, wheezing, tired, frazzled hair, etc)
Jason: "No, really, why does Mom run?"


34 posted on 01/09/2005 7:58:42 AM PST by Nataku X (There are no converts in Islam... only hostages.)
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To: Nataku X

Your comic idea is funnier.


35 posted on 01/09/2005 8:00:05 AM PST by HighFlier
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To: American Infidel

i got on board the civil rights movement in the 60s because it was obviously needed. my parents strongly disapproved of racial bias.

but since then the left has increasingly made race a partisan issue. i object to that.

i notice that the young blacks in my city spit when they see mexicans. that is just wrong. period.


36 posted on 01/09/2005 8:00:05 AM PST by ken21 (if you didn't see it on tv, then it didn't happen! (/s))
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To: anonymous_user

Sure, that's one way of looking at it, although I personally never have taken away the feeling that MacGruder thinks that white people are inherently inferior to black people. I've always thought he's commenting on the cultural differences, which gets tiresome by itself. Like I said, I may be naive.


37 posted on 01/09/2005 8:02:51 AM PST by DGray (http://nicanfhilidh.blogspot.com)
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To: Nataku X

your cartoon was funnier...universally acceptable...

thanks for the insight - sometimes I chuckle at runners/bikers like sKerry whose clothes cost more than my car...



38 posted on 01/09/2005 8:03:20 AM PST by bitt
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To: humblegunner

Or you could reverse it even more and have the white guy saying "black people."


39 posted on 01/09/2005 8:04:29 AM PST by KJC1 (overused DUmmie words: fascist, hubris, disenfranchisement)
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To: American Infidel

Actually, I look at those folks out running in the rain and snow on a road with no sidewalk and call them something else. It's not nearly as nice as "white people".


40 posted on 01/09/2005 8:05:47 AM PST by Arkie2
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To: NHResident
Aaron Macgruder (the illustrator) is vehemently anti-white. The Boston Glop (globe) runs Boondocks - it is routinely, racist, violent (against whites), crude, anti-Christian, and anti-American.

Yes, well put. He's got the typical marxist/neo-marxist elitist attitude and ideas.

41 posted on 01/09/2005 8:05:51 AM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Owl_Eagle
Just wait, this cartoon will be seen from an entirely different perspective on DUh...

This is racist against black people because:

1) The White boy is obviously running away from the black children.

2) The privileged White devil is dressed in the latest style for jogging clothes. His attire includes a $95 Izod Running Shirt with matching $65 shorts, the latest $300 Adidas Cross Trainer shoes and a matching headband, sweatband and sock ensamble by the late Gianni Versace. Meanwhile the black children are relegated to the pickings from the salvation army featuring jackets purchased from Walmart and "Keds". The White devil's propensity to cling to materialism and put it on such blatant display is an obvious affront to all people, who are summarily represented by these two small children.

3) The White boy is obviously moving freely, while he passed and left the black children frozen immobile in the snow. It obviously alludes to the precarious situation that all blacks find themselves in a white man's world. Frozen in poverty, with no means to move themselves ahead. The white boy probably didn't even notice them in their need...

Hey, take it for what it's worth. In McGruder's world I'm probably spot-on.

Here in reality in my world, however, maybe we're not all joined hand in hand singing "Kumbaya", but my world is a fair site more open minded as to give people a chance to prove themselves.

McGruder seems like a man with little internal peace. Here's to hoping he'll come to terms with the hatred he has for his fellow man.

42 posted on 01/09/2005 8:06:19 AM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: American Infidel

Boondocks racist! I'm shocked. This has been going on for a few years. The liberals think he's cute, so he'll continue even if no one reads it.


43 posted on 01/09/2005 8:06:51 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: humblegunner

Yes, but there's a diffence between making sport out of a cultural idiosyncrasy and stereotyping people as criminals. Like I said, there's too much sensitivity all around.


44 posted on 01/09/2005 8:08:40 AM PST by Catphish
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To: bitt

Ah, yes, those joggers with expensive clothes make me chuckle too... when I was in high school, I was into tennis... my mother bought me a $100 tennis dress. I felt so bad not wearing it, but it was so uncomfortable... plus I never could get over putting tennis balls into my underwear instead of pockets.

NX


45 posted on 01/09/2005 8:09:18 AM PST by Nataku X (There are no converts in Islam... only hostages.)
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To: American Infidel
How about a large group of asian people running way from a huge wave about to fall on them and kill them. And the caption is "Gooks can't run fast"? Or maybe a caption something like "Hope they make it to the mosque, it's the only building built right".

I doubt the paper would print things like that but "white people" is OK.

Now, as far as runners go, the cartoon itself is funny. I've never understood why some runners run where they do and when. For example, a guy running next to a very busy street with cars spewing exhaust gases. That has never made sense to me.

46 posted on 01/09/2005 8:10:15 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Free Scott Peterson!!! In Iraq. Wearing an "Allah is the Devil" tee shirt.)
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To: American Infidel

I remember the Movie "White Men Cant Jump" always wondered what would happen if they made a movie called "Black men Cant Read".

When people ask me if about racism I always reply,Are these folks racist? Maxine Waters, Charles Rangel, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Cynthia McKinney, Barbara Brazille the list goes on and on. These people have either been elected because of their race or gotten rich race baiting.

For some reason black people get a pass on their racism, the Congressional Black caucus is as racist as the KKK.


47 posted on 01/09/2005 8:11:12 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Hodar
A bunch of years back, there was a popular t-shirt with a picture of Malcolm X, and the words "It's a Black thing, you wouldn't understand"

An enterprising t-shirt artist created a "reply" t-shirt, with a picture of Albert Einstein and a background of calculus equations, with the words "It's a White thing, you wouldn't understand".

I wonder what the response to the latter shirt on some college campuses would have been

48 posted on 01/09/2005 8:16:28 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (We are going to fight until hell freezes over and then we are going to fight on the ice)
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49 posted on 01/09/2005 8:19:02 AM PST by johnmilken (i hope the above comes through [if so - thanks for posting help!])
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To: American Infidel
Well I do think he's insulting the two black slackers. That said, we need to lighten up. Political and editorial speech is a well protected right. Next people will become overly judgmental of a comment or two that pushes the envelope on FR.
50 posted on 01/09/2005 8:22:10 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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