Thursday, February 24, 2011

CARTOONS! And race....

Watch these cartoons!


Now, think about the ways that each race is portrayed in each cartoon. Do these cartoons rely on racial stereotypes to create a plotline, humor, or a point? Is this done in a way that is offensive or inoffensive? Why? What do you think about the cartoon's handing of race? Does it confirm ideas/stereotypes you already have of the mannerisms, behavior, or culture of certain races? I am not asking you if you think that either show is an ACCURATE portrayal of anything. I am asking you to look at HOW race is portrayed in each show. If King of the Hill was your only window into "whiteness" and The Boondocks was your only window into "blackness", what would you think of each of these two races? Post a well-written, well-constructed paragraph as a comment below. DUE FRIDAY BY NOON. Your paper assignment will be posted here TOMORROW BY NOON.

22 comments:

  1. In King of the Hill and Boondocks, I believe that both shows use sterotypical images to have as humor and plotline to their shows. Both shows I believe are inoffensive in stereotypes. In the Boondocks, the constant use of the n word, women in revealing clothing and having one character as a rapper having lavish things material things and partying conveys the idea on what blacks actually do in real life even though not all do it. In King of the Hill, the main character and his family are white and they have a love for guns. The characters have accents and are from the south and is very family oriented. The idea of white families and how they feel cherish the right to have a gun is an idea that is portrayed in the episode and in real life. If these two shows were the only window into these two races, I would think of the black race as one who love to party, use suggestive language when they hold conversations, like to wear suggestive clothing and love certain foods. In terms of whites, they love guns, strict discipline by parents and some have heavy accents.

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  2. The Boondocks and King of the Hill uses racial things in both of their shows. They both rely on racial stereotypes to create a plotline, humor, and a point. It's really done in an inoffensive way because they are not causing harm to anybody. The characters are just talking and making fun of each other. The King of the Hill is focused on guns. They are country and people expect country people to love guns. The Boondocks have women in revealing clothing, uses the "n" word, and a black male from the ghetto who becomes a famous rapper with a lot of money. If the King of the Hill was my only window to "whiteness" I would think of the whites as people who loves gun, feels sorry when they let their kids down, and at the same time strict. If the Boondocks were my only window to "blackness" I would think they loved to party, uses curse word a lot, the neighbors are nosey, and the girls had to wear revealing clothing.

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  3. I do think that their both based on stereotype. In King of the Hill that's seems like how a white family would be to me, based on what I have heard, but it's for humor. If King of the Hill was my only window into "whiteness" and The Boondocks was my only window into "blackness". Based on King of the Hill I would think white peole were scared to tell their children what's going on, and they would just try to cover it up because they didn't want to this diappoint them. I would think that they really cared about home and their family. And most of all the mother and father cared about their child happiness. If that meant doing something they really didn't want to do. That white people really care about bonding with their child(ren). Based on the Boondocks, if it was my only window in to blackness I would think black people really were loud, ghetto, and just didn't know how to act. That they would say anything at anytime and just didn't have any respect for anyone. And while white people would tried to fit in with blacks and get alone. I would think that other people would be agaisnt another black person just because they didn't approve of how they lived and what they did. and would be the one to tel them, what that they were doing wasn't right.But again think that the show is based off of stereotype. Because i believe this is how our society thinks about black people in some situations. But in this one for humor.

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  4. From my perspective King of the Hill and Boondocks, I believe that both shows use sterotypical images to have as humor and plotline to their shows. Both of the television show are offensive to me but at the same time its unoffensive. Why its on offensive because either show is not harming no one its just words.The characters in King of the Hill are some country men who love guns and to drink there beer.I have never watched the Boondocks but from what I have recently seen the women are naked. There clothing are very revealing. They constantly uses the "N" word. If these two shows were the only window into these two races, the black race would be known as ones who love to party, use suggestive language when they hold conversations, like to wear up to date fashion and love certain foods. In terms of whites, they love guns, strict discipline by parents and some have heavy country accents.

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  5. Patience Muse

    In the Boondocks and King of the Hill i think their both based on sterotypes. The things that go on in The Boondocks is really what some people think when the hear the words "Black People".The Boondocks have the women revealing there self, using the n word, and black men being rappers.Which some black people think thats the way to be to have money. In the King of the Hill it was different. They where from the country and like guns, something that alot of people think about when they hear "White People". They are family orientated to because the fact they was entering a father son competition and was very excited about it at first. If I had to based how both race act from the shows I would have alot of sterotypes too.

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  6. In the "Boondocks" and "King of the Hill" race is relied on racial stereotype to create a plot line. In the "Boondocks" the race card is used to have a humor plot line. The "King of the Hill" Point is to be humorous also but not by using racial actions or words.  I find that both shows are inoffensive because people find them entertaining. Even though there are racial slangs being use in one of the shows, people find it funny because some of the things they do and say are true. If "King of the Hill" was my only window into "whiteness", I would think white people love bonding with there family. I also would think that white people don't like to show their weakness towards others. I also would think that they love shooting guns. I would also think that white people care about what others think about them. If the "Boondocks"  was my only "window" to blackness, I would think that some black people love to party. I would also think that black people love money,cars,clothes. I also would think that black people were loud and love
    to be flashy with the material things that they have.

    Destini Babineaux

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  7. In "King of the Hill" there was stereotyping. For example,Hank's dad was getting mad a him cause he didnt know how to shoot a gun. They made it seem like every white boy was suppose to know how to shoot a gun. In the "Boondocks" everywhere you look there is stereotyping. from the black rapper to everyone that hung out with him. The show makes it seem like since we are black we act wild and ignorant like they made the rapper act. Both shows had stereotyping in them.
    -Cameron Leonard

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  8. Te’Yonte’ Tillman
    In King of the Hill & the Boondock, I find both televisions shows inoffensive. Neither of the shows was intended to humiliate anyone’s race. If King of the Hills were my only window to “whiteness”, it would lead me with no other choice than to think that all white people are family oriented and love spending quality time with their children and would hate to disappoint them when they don’t succeed. If the Boondocks were my only window to “blackness”, it would lead me with no other choice than to think that all black people are ghetto and quick to jump to conclusions without even talking it out with one another. White people would always compete with one another to satisfy their kids and when they can’t they will feel disappointed with their self. Black people would rather be ignorant towards one another and address each other as the “n” word.

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  9. THEY SHOW BLACK PEOPLE ACTING WILD AND STUPID..AND WHITES WITH MORE SELF CONTROL...SIMPLE AS THAT..DETRANE AKA SILLY RABBIT

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  10. The King of the Hill and the Boondocks both use racial stereotypes. However I believe that the Boondocks are a little more offensive. The King of the hill is about a white family who lives in texas and goes through typical problems. It shows how caring and loving the family is as a whole. however the Boondocks is about a black family with everyday problems, but they are a little exagerated. The people in the show are as they say "ghetto" and a little abnoxious. King of the hill I would say was a little softer on the theme f stereotyping but the boondocks was meant to be funny so I understand why the exxagerated the stereotypes.

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  11. sylvester Nzekwe- The King of the Hill and the Boondocks both use racial stereotypes. However I believe that the Boondocks are a little more offensive. The King of the hill is about a white family who lives in texas and goes through typical problems. It shows how caring and loving the family is as a whole. however the Boondocks is about a black family with everyday problems, but they are a little exagerated. The people in the show are as they say "ghetto" and a little abnoxious. King of the hill I would say was a little softer on the theme f stereotyping but the boondocks was meant to be funny so I understand why the exxagerated the stereotypes.

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  12. The two shows, king of the Hill and Boondocks relied on racial stereotypes to create a plotline, humor, or a point. This is done in an inoffensive way, because, the characters portrayed what is being obtained in real life situation. If king of the Hill was my only window into "Whiteness", I would have think that the white love guns and strick discipline; and if Boondocks was my only window into the "Blackness, I would have think that, the blacks love to party, like to wear suggestive clothing and certain food.
    Idakwoji, Mary

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  13. After watching both episodes, which are the "Boondocks" and "King of the Hill" I can conclude that both of the episode are using racial stereotyping images. In the "Boondocks" they opened the window on the black people. They start to show that all black people who like to rap come from the ghetto.Than how they like to party, spend money on cars, jeweleries, clothes and houses, in fact material things. They also show how noisy they are specially when they are cursing. Whereas in the "King of the Hill" the show is about the behavior of white people. They like to smoke, drink beer and specially go hunting, but they also show how white dads want to look like a super hero in front of there kids. Its seems to me that both show are created to entertain people but also to make a point on how people see the other race; How we judge people without knowing who they are. The creators of those show made some good researches and made a good job by expressing exactly how we think of each race in a inoffensive kind of way because if you are black and you watching the "Boondocks" you will not be offended because it is exactly how we see each other and same reaction for the white people watching "King of the Hill".If those two episodes were my only window about the "whiteness" and the "blackness" I would think that black people are nothing but trouble and white people like to shoot, drink, and think that the government is the problem of the country.

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  14. Yes, both of these cartoons rely on racial sterotypes to create a plotline and humor. In King of the Hill and The Boondocks it was done in a offensive way because the first set of characters potrayed white people as red necks that believe in owning a gun, and the second set of characters as loud, outrageous, filthy mouth people! It confirmed the ideas/sterotypes that alot of other races have about blacks that they're outspoken, uneducated, all are trying to be rapper, call each other out of their name, and don't have manners. If King of the Hill was my only window into "whiteness" I would be led to think that all white people only bond with their kids over guns, they are country/red necks, and have at least one never person in their family! Then if The Boondocks was my only window into "blackness" I would believe all black people come from the ghetto, struggle for clothes & food, then become rappers just to move into a nice neighborhood and corrupt it, smoke, drink, and throw parties! But, overall both of these shows made the two races seem ignorant in different ways by using comedy!

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  15. The King of the Hill and The Boondocks both stereotype in their own way. The King of Hill express stereotype by showing how white people are Family-Oriented. It shows that young white boys have a dad at home to look up to and that the dad’s ultimate goal is to have a impact on his son’s life. From what I hear and aware of most white men are in there child’s life and they want to make an impact in their kids life! The Boondocks shows stereotype by showing that Black people are rootless people and they live in environments that’s not worth much like Terra-Belle, Georgia, which from this video, it express that this place is infested with Homicide, Infant Mortality, AIDS, and much more. Later on in the video it portrays how when Black people get money they forget where they come from. Instead of going back to where you come from and try to make a difference and improve it, they move to the “White” side of town. No matter where you move, what’s in you is in you! Stereotype they also show is that young kids mind is corrupted by what they see and that Black adults don’t make a positive example for them.

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  16. In both, The King of the Hill and The Boondocks, racial stereotyping happens all throughout the sitcoms. the stereotyping is show as a form of humor, not as being offensive. For example, on the Boondock, one of they black children is always cursing and doing bad thing; and his guardian says nothing about it. In the King of the Hill, they show a family of white people and their white friends with a southern accent. They are always standing around drinking beer and talking. Some of the stereotypes I have about whites and blacks were shown in the sitcoms.

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  17. The King of the Hill and The Boondocks both have racial sterotypes involved in their shows. The stereotypes is showed in the form of humor. I think that it's set in a bway of being inoffensive because they bare not trying to harm anyone. Like in the Boondocks they constantly uses the "N" word and the kids thinks it's ok to curse. In the King of The Hill they love guns and they accent is very country. I think that if the Boondocks was my only window to "blackness" i would think that it's good to curse whether you a child are not, drink, and party. If King of the Hill was my only window TO "whiteness" i would think that we should just love guns and sit around and drink and talk from sunrise to sunset.

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  18. Ja'Kayla JohnsonMarch 2, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    The Boondocks and The King of the Hill both inckude alot of racial stereotypes in both shows. The Boondocks tried to portrayed how black people act when they recieve money. Excessively using the "n" word is supposed to be considered racial humor, but it's not. In King of the Hill it shows that white people love guns and are very close family wise. If i only knew white or black people and how they act i would think very low of blacks and sort of high of all white people. Even if some people act as the characters in these shows, not all do stereotyping may be accurate but not hundred percent right about a person.

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  19. I feel as if both the Boondocks and King of the Hill rely on racial stereotypes way too much. Most of the time its usually done in a non-offensive way. But only so people would still watch their show. I think that both of these cartoons that give off the generic racial views that we see and hear everyday. If King of the Hill was my only window,I'd think white people were country, semi-slow race that didn't love their children and who has a fetish for guns. But if Boondocks was truly my only window into black people. I'd think that black people were loud, cursing people who never listen to their kids.

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  20. Delwin Williams

    King of the Hill rarely shows the aspects of racial or stereotypical thing on the show. It just have episodes dealing with the country experiences of a suburban area family in Texas. now the boondocks has so many wrong things until it isn't funny. That is what makes the show "that show." The Boondocks showcases a more negative way of how black interact in the world toda. The ironic part about it is that they live in a very high class neighborhood, but is just so hood with it.
    I LOVE THE BOONDOCK!

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  21. both the boondocks and the king of the hill base there episodes on racial stereotyping a lot more then other cartoons do. they usually use these stereotypes n very harsh ways that are mainly meant to offend other characters n the cartoon. i really like the boondocks though, they really show how life can really be at times. they are also very interesting cartoonist that catch my attention..

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  22. Arrington MorrisApril 4, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Both the boondocks and the king of the hill use racism but, the only difference is that the boondocks uses racism to a great extent in which racism is seen for what is is with the usage of stereotyping of African Americans. The King of the Hill uses a more watered-down version of racism and stereotyping of southern Whites.

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