In one of the weirdest cancel culture battles to date, for some reason, a handful of books written by Theodore Seuss Geisel, known as “Dr. Seuss,” were recently declared to be racist in some fashion. How this is possible given that the majority of characters in the books are not actually human, is a question that has not been answered in the fight.
What question has been answered, though, is the cementing of the children’s books in the culture. In the days after the books were declared racist, Americans bought up as many of them as they could before Amazon pulled the books from their website, and eBay banned them from auction after copies were selling for over a thousand dollars.
The reality is that Americans are not letting some publishing house decide what is and is not racist in the culture.
This is the statement that stunned Americans into action.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that protects and preserves the legacy of the author, announced the news on Tuesday, March 2 – the late author and illustrator’s birthday. The company will stop publishing, “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,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in a statement to the Associated Press.
Joining the people who are hell-bent on preserving the legacy of Dr. Seuss even if the organization entrusted with the task will not are two big city libraries where the people running them are refusing to pull the books from their shelves.
“Libraries across the country are having conversations around how to balance our core values of intellectual freedom, with the harmful stereotypes depicted in many children’s classics,” the statement continued. “We will continue to purchase and promote diverse collections while finding ways to help parents read and discuss books with their children with a critical eye as part of our efforts to challenge inequity.”
“As public libraries do not censor material, the very few copies we have of the 6 Dr. Seuss titles in question will remain in circulation until they are no longer in acceptable condition,” the spokesperson said. “At that point, we will not be able to replace them, as the books are out of print. So eventually they will no longer be available to borrow.”
“In the meantime, librarians, who care deeply about serving their communities and ensuring accurate and diverse representation in our collections — especially children’s books — will certainly strongly consider this information when planning storytimes, displays, and recommendations,” the spokesperson continued.