Down in the Boondocks

If you have never seen the "Boondocks" comic strip by Aaron McGruder--and living in Tucson, there's a good chance you've never seen it--you've been missing out.

Imagine "Doonesbury," except that it's younger and hipper, and its main character is a cranky, radical leftist black kid named Huey. That'll give you an idea about the strip.

Or alternately, just turn to page 78 in the print edition of the Weekly (or online at, and read it yourself. That's because we've decided it's time that Tucson has access to this thought-provoking and entertaining strip.

"Boondocks" has been in the news quite a bit lately, because it's, well, been pissing a lot of people off. One strip in particular caused a stir--the March 29 strip, in which McGruder essentially didn't do a strip and instead wrote a personal note to readers saying, in part: "Special Boondocks protest strip! In order to express the outrage and the disappointment at the situation in the Middle East, as well as an upcoming movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr., in which the actor will undoubtedly shame himself and his race, today's installment of The Boondocks will not be appearing."

While I think McGruder could have been more creative, I wouldn't have held the strip. But some papers, such as the Boston Globe, decided to put the strip on hiatus that day. At least one paper, the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun, dropped it entirely.

So, what better time is there for the Tucson Weekly to pick it up and run with it?

You may agree or disagree with the views in the strip, but I'd be stunned if you didn't find it thought-provoking and amusing. Give it a few weeks, and let me know what you think.

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