Today on what would have been Theodor Seuss Geisel‘s 117th birthday news from Dr. Seuss Enterprises came out. They state that due to racist imagery in six of their titles they will cease publication and licensing of them. The books include And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer.
Most of these titles can be found read on YouTube if you still want access to them.
Is Dr. Seuss Racist?
No.. but some of his depictions of Asian and Middle Eastern characters are drawn with stereotypes.
When he began to write for children in 1937, many representations of people of color in the media were unfortunately depicted through racial stereotypes.
Throughout his career he adapted and changed his artwork so that it would transcend these stereotyped portrayals by using characters and birds. The stories would evolve too and he taught us many lessons about how to treat one another and how to be a decent human being.
All this means is that the most problematic titles and images will not be available for purchase. You will still be able to find them online and they will still be referenced in history.
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Dr. Seuss Enterprises is ceasing the publication and licensing of six titles due to controversial imagery.
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