'Funky Winkerbean' Features Biracial Relationship

 - Jul 12, 2009
References: stltoday & dailycartoonist
The iconic comic strip ‘Funky Winkerbean’ has introduced a biracial relationship into its storyline, and so far few eyebrows have raised. Does this mean that interracial relationships, once a social taboo, are becoming accepted by the mainstream?

‘Funky Winkerbean’ is known for delving into potentially taboo topics. A few years ago, main character Les’ wife Lisa died of breast cancer, which sparked a discussion as to whether death and cancer were appropriate for nationally-syndicated newspaper cartoons. The biracial relationship featured in ‘Funky Winkerbean’ has the potential to raise a national dialogue once more.

In the cartoon strip, which you can see on the right, Lisa’s ghost appears behind Les as he and his African-American counterpart end what sounds like a successful date and discuss plans to see each other again. Has ‘Funky Winkerbean’ proven that biracial relationships aren’t as controversial as they used to be?