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Several Dr. Seuss Books Will Stop Being Published Because They Have Been Deemed Racist

The famous author who excels at rhyming words will have several books ceased of sales.

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A handful of stories that used to be deemed as classic children’s books will stop being published after several Dr. Seuss books have been deemed racist and insensitive.

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To name a few, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”, “If I Ran the Zoo,” and “Scrambled Eggs Super!” have been claimed as racist by the company, including insensitive imagery.

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“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

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“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises via AP
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The remaining names on the list of books that have also been affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”

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The decision to cease all publication and sales of the named books was apparently made last year after months of discussion, the company explained AP.

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“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” it said.

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As adored as Dr. Seuss is for many, there has been increasing criticism in recent years over the way Blacks, Asians and others have been drawn and portrayed in his books.

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In fact, The National Education Association which founded Read Across America Day for many years, has deemphasized Dr. Seuss books and has encouraged a more diverse reading list to children.

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“The Cat in the Hat,” one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular books has also received criticism but will continue to be published for now.

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From here on out, you can expect to see several names from Dr. Seuss’ book collection stopped from being published.

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Teresa

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

I work inside the school for years and in no way was one of these books ever offended anyone. This is bull crap. Looks like to me someone that is racist has done this.

Shiloni

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Neither my children nor I ever read the 6 titles listed as racist, so I don't have any frame of reference. But I find it highly doubtful. People are seeing racism in everything and it's become a twisted obsession. Like women that were strung up for witch trials, it seems no one is safe from their reputation being tainted.

Stacy

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

So freaking ridiculous at this point. If you find made up animals racist don't read it. These temper tantrums need to stop already.....that's what needs to be cancelled!

Gwen Salata

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

@Stacy, amen. Don't like it? Don't read it, don't watch it, don't attend. Ughhhhh

Amanda McHugh

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

This is so ridiculous. Racist? They are animals. The “people” don’t even look like people ??‍♀️ Let alone racist images of people. They are cartoony made up images.

christine

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

please explain in detailed how these books are racist.... your article is soooo vague, i am not sure, you as the author or any one deeming these books are racist, even understand the meaning of the word.... colleges and university have failed to teach soooo again please explain in detailed how these books are racist .... give examples with explanation

D. Stalbaum

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

@christine, I so agree with you! I was a Librarian for many years and never found this what they are saying to be true! I want them to explain their accusations of Racist and insensitive!!! D. Stalbaum