Mark’s Dark Past

First Another Sunday Segment:

For those of you, like me, who have limits to the size of type we can read, the upper right panel subtext reads, “Peacock, Peachick, and Peahen.” So we dive into the gender non-specific reference of “Peafowl.” Emus must be part of that family as well, as evidenced by the Liberty Mutual Insurance ad campaign…

Onto the drama! And the past that Mark has successfully avoided for some time…

A knowing grimace, a random frog, and off we go…

“Say what?!” the Squirrel seems to be saying… Don’t take the deal! You are getting played!

Well, let’s call it for what it is. The Racial over- and under-tones of this story cannot be ignored or denied. Happy Trail could have just as easily hoodwinked a trusting white guy, but he didn’t. Jolly is a black man, Happy is a white man. Funny that they both have first names cloaked in mirth… but that’s not important, I suppose… What I m reminded of is a recent PBS show, An American Experience episode that featured the story of the Florida Everglades, in which it chronicled human efforts to drain the swamp and people of color trying to escape the bonds of sharecropping and Jim Crow. No doubt Jolly came from that lineage and had built up a going concern…