In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, what does it mean that Junior is a member of the Black-Eye-of-the-Month club?

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Junior was born with "water on the brain," which was removed at six months of age. He had seizures, with a head and feet which looked out of proportion to his body.  Because of this, he was often called names, teased or even physically held upside down.  He also stutters and has a lisp, which led to him being called a "retard."  Now that he is fourteen, Junior becomes the target of anyone who wants to fight.  Junior says that he gets beat up at least once a month because he is the "biggest retard in the world"; hence, he is now a member of the Black-Eye-of-the-Month Club.  Because he doesn't want to get beat up all the time, he stays home and draws cartoons.  Drawing becomes his escape from people who target him for pantsing or stuffing him in a toilet, or giving him another black eye.

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