Six books by Dr. Suess, the world-famous children’s author who created the likes of Green Eggs and Ham and Cat in the Hat, have been pulled by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company responsible for the preservation of his works, for what is said to be “racist and insensitive imagery.” The titles of those being discontinued 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!, and The Cat’s Quizzer. According to a study done by the company, in which they worked with “experts” and “educators,” they found that his books, “inadvertently or not — center Whiteness and thus perpetuate White supremacy.” One of the books mentioned above is now selling for the price of $20,000 on resale sites such as eBay.
The Right is critical of the move. Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell noted that “The images reflect the time in which the books were written.” He argued that we “cannot eliminate history” and stated, “Cancel culture will backfire.” Conservative author and cultural commentator Bethany Mandel noted that “this censorship didn’t begin and won’t end with Seuss” and argued, “When these book banning parties start, they don’t stop.”
“This is the kind of warped thinking you get when you view the world through the lens of critical race theory. It is designed to find racism in everything. It is meant to create victims who will then push back. That’s what makes a ban on Dr. Seuss books especially troubling; they’re doing this to influence impressionable children.”Jason Rantz, conservative podcaster and host of the Jason Rantz Show
“The Left used to be against banishing books, banning books, burning books. Now, scarcely a week goes by without some breathtaking new advance in its campaign to bury this or that book in order that the public might never be infected with its ideas,” wrote American film critic and novelist Kyle Smith.
Who feels safer now that Mr. Potato Head and Dr. Suess have been canceled?— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) March 2, 2021
The Left supports the move. Ron Charles, a book critic with The Washington Post, praised the decision, writing, “After years of earnest efforts to create a more just society, the persistence of racist groups in America — given new energy by the rise of Donald Trump — has made many people realize that more aggressive steps must be taken to counter these attitudes.”
“In the 1950s, cars did not have seat belts. Now, we recognize that as dangerous – so, cars have seat belts. In the 1950s, lots of books recycled racist caricature. Now, Random House is recognizing this as dangerous.”Philip Nel, children’s literature scholar and Kansas State University Professor of English
“Society is recognizing the ills of the past and attempting to move beyond that,” stated Columbia University Professor Chris Emdin. Youth activist Mari Copeny tweeted, “Dr. Suess was a racist, and he should not be celebrated in schools the way that he is.”