Dr. Seuss Partially Canceled, Six Books Will No Longer Be Published Because They Portray Racist Imagery
We are living in a world full of cancellations. You never know who is going to be canceled next. It could be you, your mom, your father, brother, sister, coach, doctor, hairstylist, and the list goes on and on. The only living things safe from being cancelled are dogs. No one would ever cancel a dog.
But they would cancel Dr. Seuss, at least partially. It was just announced that six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”
Those six books are:
- “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”
- “If I Ran the Zoo”
- “McElligot’s Pool”
- “On Beyond Zebra!”
- “Scrambled Eggs Super!”
- “The Cat’s Quizzer”
The business that preserves the author’s legacy made the announcement after consulting educators and reviewing its entire catalog…
Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s catalog represents and supports all communities and families.
And even though we joked at the beginning of this post, this news isn’t actually all that surprising. Yeah, Dr. Seuss is one of the best known authors in the world with over 650 million copies of his books sold worldwide.
But his history ain’t so great…
Dr. Seuss had a long history of publishing racist and anti-Semitic work, spanning back to the 1920s when he was a student at Dartmouth College. There, Dr. Seuss once drew Black boxers as gorillas and perpetuated Jewish stereotypes by portraying Jewish characters as financially stingy, according to a study published in the journal ‘Research on Diversity in Youth Literature.’
That study, published in 2019, examined 50 books by Dr. Seuss and found 43 out of the 45 characters of color have ‘characteristics aligning with the definition of Orientalism,’ or the stereotypical, offensive portrayal of Asia. The two ‘African’ characters, the study says, both have anti-Black characteristics.
Shocking, right? Some white dude in the 1920s was racist? I’M SO SURPRISED!
In any event, it looks like Dr. Seuss is on his way out, even in schools. Just this week, a school district in Virginia made headlines for allegedly banning his books.
For what it’s worth, they claim they didn’t ban the books:
But Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), located in Ashburn, said it is not banning books by the famous children’s author — it’s just discouraging a connection between ‘Read Across America Day,’ which was created to get kids excited about reading, and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Both fall on March 2, and have often been “historically connected” to each other, the district said in a statement.