The word "Boondocks" derives from the Tagalog word "bundok" which means "mountain". The word came into American use after the Philippine-American War when returning military personnel used the term. It became a slang word for suburban or rural areas.
The controversial nature of the comic strip (as well as Aaron McGruder's insistence on maintaining creative control) lead to several failed attempts to get this series going since 1999. McGruder initially developed "The Boondocks" as a television series before turning it into a strip. Some of the would-be homes of the series included HBO and MTV. In 2003, the FOX network ordered a pilot with the prospect of picking up the series. They eventually passed, only to have the series taken up by Adult Swim.
Although Reginald Hudlin helped develop the series, his involvement with the show ended in July 2005 (four months before its premiere) when he was named President of Entertainment for the B.E.T (Black Entertainment Television) network (the very channel that he and McGruder have often lampooned).
Regina King was originally cast as Riley. The producers wanted her to play Huey as well but she refused. She originally read Huey's lines in the recording sessions just as a placeholder until another actor was cast. But the producers managed to convinced King to take the role and she came up with a voice.
In the comic strip, Huey has a best friend named Michael Caesar but he has not appeared in the series. According to McGruder, this is because he has not found the right actress to do Caesar's voice.
According to McGruder, the scene in which Ruckus is jealous of Granddad was inspired by the scene between Brian and Ben in Monty Python's Life of Brian.
Rosa Parks was originally drawn as one of the protesters at the courthouse. But she was deleted due to her death just weeks before the air date. Parks can be seen briefly in the background at the celebration in front of the courthouse.
Mr. Uberwitz is fired only to go on to become a teacher in African American History at the University of Maryland. This is a reference to the show's creator Aaron McGruder, who graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in African American History.
Reverend Al Sharpton publicly criticized Aaron McGruder and Adult Swim for this episode. Sharpton felt that depicting Martin Luther King using the word "nigga" would "desecrate black historic figures". He demanded a public apology and threatened to stage a protest against Time Warner, Adult Swim's parent company. McGruder spoofed Sharpton's criticism in subsequent episodes and in the comic strip the show is based on.
This episode aired on Martin Luther King's birthday. Dr. King would have been 77 years old.
Bill Maher agreed to play himself in this episode but he was unavailable to record his lines. Barry Sobel was recording for the next episode "The Itis" and was asked to fill in for Maher.