Monday, June 1, 2020

A Right to Be Hostile: The Boondocks Treasury by Aaron McGruder

A Right to Be Hostile (2003) by Aaron McGruder collects the comic strips from the writer/artist up to that point. The strip, featuring Huey Freeman and his younger brother Riley, had first appeared in national syndication in April 1999. McGruder had previously published smaller collections of his works – Boondocks: Because I Know You Don't Read The Newspaper (2000) and Fresh For '01... You Suckas: A Boondocks Collection (2001) -- but A Right to Be Hostile represented the largest comprehensive collection.

The book is full of topical humor and hundreds of jokes and cultural allusions. My students enjoyed the book, and they were especially intrigued by this ten-year-old black radical Huey. The representation of his intellect, militancy, and alienation was quite compelling for students thinking through their own places in the world as emergent black thinkers.

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