Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Life & Times of Jazmine DuBois

I've loved The Boondocks and the warped genius mind of Aaron McGruder ever since his strip first appeared in the comics section of the Sunday Advance when I was twelve. He's been corrupting my mind with his satirical brilliance ever since....

I thought I'd do a few posts on multi people and the media and instantly the first image that came to mind was not Halle Berry, Keanu Reeves or Vin Diesel, but rather Jazmine DuBois in all her naive, doe-eyed, giant blonde afro puff glory.

Jazmine, and her parents Tom and Sarah DuBois are a really interesting part of McGruder's world and we could sit here for hours just breaking each of these characters down. Jazmine is bi-racial and when she's not busy praising Santa Claus (she thinks he's Jesus) she spends most of her time feeling "mixed-up," and defending herself from Huey's dry (yet hysterical) remarks about her identity crises. It's a little hard to tell where McGruder stands on multiraciality in the black community. While it may seem like everyone is always telling Jazmine to just "get over it" and come to the "black side" already, McGruder does treat Jazmine with uncharacteristic care and even empathy compared to many of the other characters, complicating her story while still relentlessly mocking her in a big brother kind of way, via Huey.

No matter where McGruder and his hosts of lovers and haters might stand, Jazmine and her role in the Boondocks world are definitely worth taking a closer look at....

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