I think this is the only verbal acknowledgement of Walky (and Sal)’s ethnicity in the entire strip.  Obviously, like, we see their dad, and Walky/Sal themselves are in a darker skin tone than most other folks (in the Sunday strips), but this is the single time in which it’s stated outright that, yep, this is their deal!

Suspecting that only mentioning that your lead character is a black person only once in 6-ish years probably leans more towards “erasure” than “INCREDIBLY NOBLE NARRATIVE COLORBLINDNESS,” I pushed myself to mention it at least twice in Dumbing of Age.

man were those comment sections fun