My favorite Aaron McGruder moment comes during this ABC Nightline interview. First airing after his incendiary "Return of the King" episode, host Cynthia McFadden sets up a clip in which a returned-from-coma Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. airs out the black community: "I had a dream...lo and behold some four decades later what have I found but a bunch of trifling, shiftless, good-for-nothing niggers." McFadden then asks, "Mr. McGruder, you have Martin Luther King saying 'the n-word.' It's going to be offensive to many people. Why?"
Bad news for those of you who prefer to get your line-art insights on race from something vaguely less reactionary than Mallard Fillmore: It appears that creator Aaron McGruder is calling it quits on The Boondocks strip. While he'll continue to pursue TV and film opportunities, Universal Press Syndicate is warning newspapers that it's unlikely they'll see any new print cartoons. According to a statement from Universal, "[n]umerous attempts . . . to pin McGruder down on a date that the strip would be coming back were unsuccessful."