Via ¡Journalista! comes a news report of a speech given by Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder to Earlham College to mark Martin Luther King day. The topic invariably turned to Barack Obama’s new administration. Here’s what Aaron had to say.
“I don’t think you’re going to see any dramatic change from Barack Obama,” said McGruder, who wore a “Boondocks” T-shirt over a black long-sleeve shirt and jeans. “I’m hoping he proves me completely wrong.”
McGruder bases his opinions of the U.S. presidency on the 2000 election and how nothing has been done since then to change the election system. “It was a sham then … It’s got to still be a sham,” McGruder said. “I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but it’s what I tend to do.”
On the topic of race and ethnicity, McGruder said that to him, Obama is not black because he is not a descendant of a slave.
“The person who is one of us in the White House is Michelle Obama and her momma,” McGruder said.
The report goes on to quote at least one student who was put off by the statement that Obama wasn’t black because he’s not a descendant from slaves.