Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published due to the insensitive and racist imageries present in those particular stories in a decision made by the Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that focuses on preserving the author’s legacy.
The titles that will no longer be published 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.
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Suess Enterprises said in a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday, which also happened to be the late author’s birthday.
“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,” the business continued. They also revealed in the statement that they actually made their decision last year after consulting a panel of experts that included educators.
Dr. Seuss, also known as Theodor Seuss Gabriel, is one of the most beloved authors in the world as the creator of classic children’s books such as The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Green Eggs and Ham.
Unfortunately, the author also has a history of publishing racist work as revealed in a study conducted in 2019. The study found that Dr. Seuss once illustrated Black boxers as Gorillas and drew a Japanese character in The Cat’s Quizzer with a bright yellow face and depicted them standing on what appears to be Mr. Fuji. The study went on to argue that whether inadvertently or not the stories perpetuate white supremacy since a majority of his characters are white.
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