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Keeping it “real”

Herb & Jamaal, 7/15/04

I’m almost certainly not the person to turn to for cultural authenticity, but do you ever get the feeling that some African-American-themed comic strips are actually written by 75-year-old white guys?

This strip really caught my eye in this regard. There’s really no better way to casually deploy a hip slang word that all the kids are using than by putting quote marks around it.

Herb & Jamaal certainly isn’t the worst offender in this category, though. I think every instance of the word rap in Curtis is surrounded by quote marks and followed by the word junk.

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