If you are like me, you don't know what to think when you read a press release from Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, especially when it has to do with something on TV or in a movie. You don't know if this is Rev. Sharpton going out in left field or if it's something worthwhile.
That said, I hesitated to blog on Shartpton's demand that "Boondocks'" creator Aaron McGruder and the Cartoon Network apologize for airing an episode titled "Return of the King" and promise not to air it again. In the episode, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. awakens from a coma after 32 years and let's Black people have it. He calls Black people "niggers" and moves to Canada.
Anyway, I was skeptical but then I watched the episode. (I encourage you to stop reading this blog right now and click here to watch the video clip.)
Here's the entire text of Rev. Sharpton's press release.
Cartoon Network must apologize and also commit to pulling episodes that desecrate Black historic figures. We are totally offended by the continuous use of the 'N' word in McGruder’s show. While I can appreciate Mr. McGruder and his achievements, this particular episode is over the line. If we don’t receive an apology, we will picket the corporate headquarters.
Cartoon Network's response.
"THIS EPISODE IN NO WAY WAS MEANT TO OFFEND OR "DESECRATE" THE NAME OF DR. KING. WE THINK AARON MCGRUDER CAME UP WITH A THOUGHT PROVOKING WAY OF NOT ONLY SHOWING DR. KING'S BRAVERY BUT ALSO OF REMINDING US OF WHAT HE STOOD AND FOUGHT FOR, AND WHY EVEN TODAY, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US TO REMEMBER THAT AND TO CONTINUE TO TAKE ACTION."
Two days after Rev. Sharpton issued his press release, Cartoon Network renewed "Boondocks" for a second season.
I've run out of time for commenting on this but don't want to keep it in my "draft" folder. I'm publishing it now so that you, my faithful readers, can offer your opinion. Time permitting, I'll finish my thoughts on this controversy. Until then, check out Black America Web's version of the story by clicking here.