Huey Freeman is the protagonist of The Boondocks syndicated comic strip written by Aaron McGruder, as well as the animated TV series of the same name. Politically sapient and borderline militant, Huey, being a self-described revolutionary left-wing radical, regularly reflects upon current events as well as the plight of African Americans as it relates to a greater American society. Huey's character has often been described as "misanthropic," and "cynical," as often presented in his pessimistic personality. He is named after Huey P. Newton, one of the co-founders and leaders of the Black Panther Party.
Huey, who grew up with his younger brother Riley on the south side of Chicago, was moved along with his brother to the peaceful, predominately white Baltimore-suburb of Woodcrest, Maryland by their granddad. It strongly suggested that Huey and Riley's birth parents are deceased. This is, in part, based on Robert's dialogue from the first episode stating that he spent the boys' inheritance on their new house in Woodcrest.