Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Struggling with The Boondocks & Intellectualism

Yesterday late afternoon, I was walking across campus and spotted one of the young sisters from my Af-Am lit class sitting in the quad. As I approached, I noticed she was deeply immersed in reading and taking notes. I got closer and realized that she seemed to be wrestling intently with whatever she was reading and writing about.

When I got even closer, I was surprised to see that the book that had so much of her attention was Aaron McGruder's A Right to Be Hostile. The Boondocks. A comic strip.

We had been talking in class about how McGruder tried to convey certain ideas about intellectualism through his main character Huey. The young sister had provided a write-up but felt she had come up short when I offered feedback. So here she was struggling after class to get to some new insight, wondering how to develop a more creative approach.

We sat and talked for a while about some possibilities. We talked about identifying the values that she held and how they related to those that McGruder and his character Huey seemed to display. We didn't come to any conclusions, but we had a good time struggling with the concepts and comic strip.

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