Guest Post: “This South has no real place for me”

Today, I want to share a post that Jennifer Morrison, a colleague and friend, shared on Facebook recently. I have not altered her post apart from separating it into paragraphs. Her words speak for themselves. All I want to say is that the statue she references is the statue of General Alfred Mouton that the United Daughters of the Confederacy had erected in 1922.

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The Black Panther in The Past, The Present, and the Future in Jungle Action #22

For the past couple of posts, I have written about “The Panther vs. The Klan” story arc from Marvel’s Jungle Action series in the 1970s. Today, I want to finish up this discussion by looking at issue 22 where Jessica Lynne tells the story of Cousin Caleb’s encounters with the Klan and White Supremacy after the Civil War in 1867. Along with Jessica’s recollections of the story her mother told her, Monica Lynne creates her own version of the events that happened to Caleb in 1867. In this way, “Death Riders on the Horizon” serves as a palimpsest where Monica’s version of the events gets laid on top  the original story. This narrative move serves to comment on the past while at the same time looking to the future and referring to the present. It creates a multilayered text that pulls from the previous issues of the story arc as well.

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The Myth of America and The Black Panther in Jungle Action

Last post, I wrote about the scene that opens Jungle Action #20 where T’Challa, in full Black Panther costume, and Monica Lynne shop at a grocery store and get attacked but Klan members. The scene, while action packed, draws attention to T’Challa’s humanity and causes the reader to confront racial profiling and surveillance of black bodies by whites, Rebecca Winthrop, along with the rest of customers, perceives T’Challa as a threat even though he protects her from bodily harm. Today, I want to look at the latter half of “They Told Me a Myth I Wanted to Believe.” As T’Challa crashes a Klan meeting in the Devouring Swamp (another aspect that needs to be examined), Monica speaks with a white newspaper reporter Kevin Trublood at the Lynne household as her father plays solitaire outside the window. Today, I want to focus on Trublood’s speech at the end of this issue and its importance in regard to the broader discussions throughout “The Panther vs. The Klan” story arc.

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