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“Break culture” cries were loud on social media Tuesday morning after Dr. Seuss Enterprises had announced that six of the famous author’s books – including And Thinking I Saw It On Mulberry Street When I Run the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool On Beyond Zebra !, Scrambled Eggs Awesome! And The Cat’s Quizzer – will no longer be published due to racist and insensitive images.
The company, which preserves and protects the author’s legacy, announced its decision after consulting educators and reviewing its catalog.
“The cessation of sales of these books is only part of our commitment and broader plan to ensure that the Dr. Seuss Enterprises catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” the group said in a statement made on the birthday of the famous children’s book was published author.
Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel, has long been a controversial figure, having published racist and anti-Semitic work from the 1920s when he was a student at Dartmouth College.
The news that these six titles, which are not exactly among his more popular works, will not be published in the future, received both outrage and support on social media.
FoxNews’ conservative commentator Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) was one of those who called out the decision, “BRB will buy all of the Dr. Seuss volumes for the kids before the wake-up book burners can get to them all.”
Dr. Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) also cited this as part of abandonment culture: “The mainstream media is far more racist towards Asian Americans than Dr. Seuss. But you can’t turn down abandonment culture umpires.” They make the rules and are above the law. “
In contrast, CNN commentator Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) used social media to support the decision to stop publishing certain books. “I grew up with Dr. Seuss books and went to the same college. But that reminds us that racism is embedded in America’s DNA. Anyone who claims they don’t have a racist bone in their body hasn’t thought much about it.” Race in America. “
Writer Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) also tried to make the record clear that it wasn’t about canceling Seuss’ works.
Of course, there was no shortage of outrage on social media who saw it differently.
And some even shot at the White House Tuesday after President Joe Biden heard the mention of Dr. Seuss removed from Read Across America Day.
Do not abort culture
The demolition culture screams have certainly resonated on social media, but it should be emphasized that Seuss is not actually banned. In addition, it is also worth noting that these six titles did not include the popular classics such as “The Cat in the Hat”, “Green Eggs and Ham” and, in particular, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
“These titles, which will not be published, were downright racist and pretty horrible,” said Dr. Matthew J. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Haven.
“There is no question of cultural sensitivity,” explained Schmidt. “Seuss was a person of his time and his work has evolved over time.”
However, on social media, this is just another problem where there hardly seems to be a middle ground.
“If one side breaks the culture, they are just factually wrong,” added Schmidt. “This reflects the reactions of the two Americas to what is fact and what is not.”
While it is true that only these six books will not be published, it is worth noting that Read Across America Day could also suffer as Seuss struggles to get everyone to read a book in general Hand to take, dwarfs and overshadowed.