In her June 20 column about "The Boondocks" comic strip, ombudsman E. R. Shipp doesn't even mention the fact that cartoonist Aaron McGruder is promoting the "one drop" myth of forced racial identification and its twin ideology of white racial "purity."

Most of "The Boondocks" seems devoted to the bullying of a multiracial girl, Jazmine DuBois, by the pint-sized black militant protagonist, Huey. Huey's mission is to force Jazmine to renounce her European American ancestry and "white" mother in favor of an allegiance to his Afrocentric, black-militant ideology. He insists that the numerous ethnicities in her ancestry equal nothing but black.

Jazmine's parents are ridiculed. Her mother is presented as a frivolous liberal who doesn't realize that she can never understand any "black thing," and her father, Tom (no accidental use of that name), is presented as inferior to the child Huey in understanding racial realities.

Huey insists that Jazmine's frizzy hair gives her no choice but to be black. You can bet the rent that no one in "The Boondocks" will defend Jazmine by pointing out that plenty of white people have frizzy hair or that Latinos and North Africans with far more black ancestry than Jazmine do not call themselves black. No one will point out that Jazmine has the legal right to call herself anything she desires -- even white. The game is given to Huey's black militancy because the author of the strip makes sure that he never encounters a truly logical or sharp response to his bullying.

-- A. D. Powell

The June 21 "Boondocks" comic strip depicts a little boy with a baseball bat standing in front of a car to keep the driver from moving. The boy states that he is "protecting us from Klan infiltration" and that the "probable cause" of the driver being a Klan member is that the car has a "Pat Buchanan bumper sticker."

Most people are aware that Buchanan is a conservative Republican and a devout Catholic. I wonder if McGruder realizes that the Klan is very anti-Catholic and would never support a Catholic for president.

People who disagree with Buchanan's views are free to express their opinion. This is not opinion, however, but blatant character assassination.

-- Edward J. Nichols