4 Unforgettable Boondocks Quotes That Were On The Money
“Excuse me everyone, I have a brief announcement to make: Jesus was black. Ronald Reagan was the devil and the government is lying about 9/11. Thank you for your time and have a good night” – Huey Freeman“
There aren’t too many shows like Aaron’s McGruder’s The Boondocks. The show is black satire at its finest and pokes fun of everything from trite contemporary rap music to the ignorance and racism of white America.
We follow the show’s plot threads through the eyes of Huey, Riley (both voiced by the talented Regina King), and Robert Freeman (Grandad; voiced by the legendary John Witherspoon).
Each character sees the world through a different lense:
Huey is a highly-educated black revolutionary who must reconcile with a world that is apathetic towards any more civil rights movements. Riley on the other hand, wants street cred and to be the greatest gangster who ever lived. And Grandad just wants to enjoy retirement in the white-suburbs but has to deal with the antics of his grandkids.
A messy season 4 aside, The Boondocks is a perfect show and is some of the best satire in our generation. Today let’s talk about four Boondocks quotes from that predicted the chaos of 2020.
1. Return of The King (Season 1, Episode 9)
“Black Entertainment Television is the WORST thing I’ve ever seen in my life! Usher, Michael Jackson is not a genre of music! And don’t get me started on Soul Plane… I’ve seen what’s around the corner! I’ve seen what’s over the horizon! And I PROMISE you, you n*ggers have nothing to celebrate! I know I won’t get there with you, because I’m going to Canada!” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Episode nine of the first season sees the return of Martin Luther Jr. Oh, you didn’t hear? MLK Jr. has been in a coma this whole time and woke up in 2006. Yeah, this is the stuff that only the Boondocks could get away with (even today).
So what does MLK Jr. think of the present? What does he think of his struggle and sacrifice for the future black people of America? He thinks we fucked it all up.
MLK Jr. sees that black people are still disenfranchised, still fighting amongst ourselves, and are broadcasting the worst side of our culture on networks like BET.
Simply put, MLK Jr. is pissed and delivers one of the best Boondocks quotes during the entirety of the show.
2. Granddad’s Fight (Season 1, Episode 4)
“If Nigga Moments had their own category, Nigga Moments would be the third leading killer of black men behind pork chops and F.E.M.A. It’s a fact.” – Huey Freeman
Another classic episode — but who am I kidding, every episode is a goddamn classic. Episode 4, however, is something special as we’re introduced to Colonel H. Stinkmeaner, an overarching villain of the series.
Stinkmeaner himself has some of the best Boondocks quotes:
“Bitch ass, faggot ass, punk ass, pussy ass, bitch ass nigga! You wanna do somethin? Bitch… ass… nigga!”
And those are the words of someone starting a “nigga moment,” a term Huey defines as “a moment when ignorance overwhelms the mind of an otherwise logical Negro male, causing him to act in an illogical, self-destructive manner.”
Huey is right though, the only thing that kills black men more than “nigga moments” is soul food and lackluster government aid.
3. From Bitches to Rags (Season 3, Episode 2)
“I did a song called “Stomp Em’ in the Nuts, which was ironically about stomping niggas in the nuts.” – Thugnificent
Rap music was plenty dumb during the Boondock’s runtime in the late 2000s. We had Souja Boy, who the show parodied with a song called “Crank That Artichoke;” and artists like Lil’ Kim, the Black Eyed Peas, Flavor Flav, and Chingy (“Right Thurr”) who all made hip-hop more mainstream — but dumbed it down significantly in the process.
So the Boondocks came to the rescue with the character Thugnificent, hip-hop’s most acclaimed hedonist. While the character is a parody, he comes so close to portraying the vain, substanceless rap mainstream in the 2000s.
Thugnificent delivers some of the best Boondocks quotes hands down. But boy would the show have a hey-day if they could make fun of the hip-hop of today (We’re looking at you 6ix9ine and Lil Xan)
4. Shinin’ (Season 2, Episode 7)
“I can’t wait for people to start hating, I can’t wait!”
“So you judge your success by the amount of ill will you generate from those around you.”
“Hey, if people aren’t mad at you, you’re doing something wrong.”
A wise man named Riff Raff once said: “MY MAiN, GOAL iS TO BLOW UP! AND THEN.. ACT LiKE i DONT KNOW NOBODY.”
Hate used to equate success only if you were an entertainer. Any press is good press. Howard Stern followed this philosophy, 90’s hip-hop exploded due to white America’s hatred, and Amy Schumer wouldn’t be around today if it weren’t for the haters. But in 2020, hate is sexier than ever.
Our president ran a successful campaign based on hate (and is doing it again); Twitter and other social media platforms are a cesspool of hatred; and our media only shows us images of how divided, and hateful America is.
Who knew that hate would be so popular? Oh that’s right, the Boondocks knew.