A Critical Exploration of The Boondocks for Art Education

Research is an in depth study of a subject to attain new knowledge and to discover new understandings.

Employing interpretation and interrogation strategies from art praxis theory (Rolling, 2012), art criticism (Harris, 2003), along with scholarship such as Arthur Danto's (1992) hypothesis on symbolic manifestation and interpretation and intersectionality theory (Crenshaw, 1989), this exploratory theoretical auto-ethnographic examination of stereotypes and perceptions in Black visual culture in the United States looks through the critical lens of Du Bois' (1903) concept of double consciousness by means of the animated television series The Boondocks. The premise of this research is grounded on the notion that the concept of race "is so deeply embedded in the American consciousness that much of our language and imagery operates from racial assumptions that seem natural and therefore resist critical inquiry" (Harris, 2003, p.1). This study is centered on the following questions: (1) To what degree is there a parallel between double consciousness, stereotypes, and perceptions of Black Americans? And (2) how are stereotypes and perceptions of Black Americans evidenced through Black visual culture in general and in The Boondocks specifically? This study aims to reveal depths, influences, and values of double consciousness as curriculum.



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