The Boondocks

17 Oct

I found it really hard to find a show that featured majority non-white characters. A show that I came across on Netflix was The Boondocks that runs on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim. I have watched a couple of episodes but not by choice. The Boondocks follows an African-American family, the Freemans, that live in a predominate white neighborhood in Chicago. From the episodes that I have seen, it was pretty clear that the writers wanted the Freemans to come off as gangster, less educated and up to no good. The characters have negative attitudes and seem to always find themselves in some sort of predicament. Another thing that stood out to me was the interactions between the Freemans and the white neighbors. There are obvious stereotypes displayed throughout the show. In the episode “Granddads Fight”, Granddad is humiliated by the fact that he got beat up by a blind man. Although the blind man was black, Granddad still had choice words about the situation and the man. The language was very hard to understand and the words used weren’t words that the white characters used.  I don’t really connect with the Freemans but I do connect to the white neighbors. I live in the suburbs and it is a predominately white community. I believe that people believe that all white people live in the suburbs in their perfect houses and don’t have any problems. The truth is we are all equal. We all have problems and deal with different situations daily. According to the article Themes of Whiteness in Bulletproof Monk, Kill Bill, and The Last Samurai written by Sean M. Tierney said, “First, whiteness is ‘‘a location of structural advantage, of race privilege. Second, it is a ‘standpoint,’ a place from which White people look at ourselves, at others, and at society. Third, ‘whiteness’ refers to a set of cultural practices that are usually unmarked and unnamed,” (608). I think the writers of the Boondocks really portrayed the white neighbors the way these “themes” were described. Stereotypes are what make TV shows and people watch these shows not only for the purpose of entertainment but also subconsciously indulging in these stereotypes.

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