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6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published for racist images

The business that preserves and protects Dr. Seuss’ legacy has announced it will stop publishing six titles because of racist and insensitive imagery

3/2/2021 3:54:00 PM

Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy says.

The business that preserves and protects Dr. Seuss ’ legacy has announced it will stop publishing six titles because of racist and insensitive imagery

Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.The Associated PressBOSTON -- Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy said Tuesday.

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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.“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.

The other books affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company told AP.“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.

Books by Dr. Seuss — who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904 —- have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in braille and are sold in more than 100 countries. He died in 1991.He remains popular, earning an estimated $33 million before taxes in 2020, up from just $9.5 million five years ago, the company said. Forbes listed him No. 2 on its highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020, behind only the late pop star Michael Jackson.

As adored as Dr. Seuss is by millions around the world for the positive values in many of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance, there has been increasing criticism in recent years over the way Blacks, Asians and others are drawn in some of his most beloved children’s books, as well as in his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations.

The National Education Association, which founded Read Across America Day in 1998 and deliberately aligned it with Geisel’s birthday, has for several years deemphasized Seuss and encouraged a more diverse reading list for children.School districts across the country have also moved away from Dr. Seuss, prompting Loudoun County, Virginia, schools just outside Washington, D.C., to douse rumors last month that they were banning the books entirely.

“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” the school district said in a statement.In 2017, a school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts, criticized a gift of 10 Seuss books from first lady Melania Trump, saying many of his works were “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”

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In 2018, a Dr. Seuss museum in his hometown of Springfield removed a mural that included an Asian stereotype.“The Cat in the Hat," one of Seuss' most popular books, has received criticism, too, but will continue to be published for now.Dr. Seuss Enterprises, however, said it is “committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio."

Numerous other popular children’s series have been criticized in recent years for alleged racism.In the 2007 book, “Should We Burn Babar?,” the author and educator Herbert R. Kohl contended that the “Babar the Elephant” books were celebrations of colonialism because of how the title character leaves the jungle and later returns to “civilize” his fellow animals.

One of the books, “Babar’s Travels,” was removed from the shelves of a British library in 2012 because of its alleged stereotypes of Africans. Critics also have faulted the “Curious George” books for their premise of a white man bringing home a monkey from Africa.

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SHAME, SHAME, SHAME! What is America Becoming? This is joke 😂😂😂. Not really sure who's ideal it was to do this but I must say they have very small minds 😉 Insane Stupid Cancel society. Censorship. You people are going way overboard with all this stuff Assinine. Who is next Mr. Rogers? Sell your copies now!

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Book burning has started This country is insane Ridiculous!!!! this is the type of thing that pushed people towards voting for trump. I'm glad I don't have children so they don't have to endure the collapse of our society in the future. You might as well remove the bible since their is slavery written in the text........

Lot of people here suddenly having opinions about Dr. Seuss' least remembered work after HIS OWN ESTATE decided not to print them anymore. I honestly don't think anyone in the real world would give a shit either way but conservative outrage gets attention I guess. People have nothing better to do than beotch over Dr. Seuss This generation should be called: The Gutless Wonders. F&K, this is the dumbest thing yet!!!!

No no no Fahrenheit 451 without the flamethrowers That’s stupid!!! PhillyD THIS IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE...SCREW THE “WOKE” A child would never know the stories are racist until some left handed adult made them racist. “Adults” really know how to screw up the innocent. How about canceling the cancel culture... just a thought

Thích được tìm ai đó hiểu mình để cùng chia sẻ những buồn vui trong cuộc sống.Mong được làm quen với mọi người. LJMac5 “When you’ve burned all of these, what are you going to do then?” do quran next these were sleep as hell anyway. adults shouldnt care about this So much for preserving and protecting the author's legacy.

Checking to see if my mom still has these from when I was a kid. Gonna make a killing on ebay This is so crazy. I collect them 😜 Damnnn, the lowest it's going for on eBay is $299. This is beyond dumb. Who next Lovecraft? I used to love these books in school Notice the people angry about this are all 40 and should probably not still be reading these books in the first place. Something that doesn’t affect them in the slightest that they want to be mad at to keep the order and structures they’re used to. Even when it doesn’t concern em

Omg,stop! These are children's books,innocent children who see fun and adventure. Enough already! DrSeussDay andrizzlemyizle Book burnings the newest fad of 2021. I'm confused I was told President Trump was bringing back Nazi Germany not Joe Biden. all the white people in this section making fun of it like its a joke? what is actually mentally wrong with you all i actually cannot understand how u all think racism is normal and doesn't deserve to be taken down....

Hey like Nazi when they burn books that agree with there view of the word More white people speaking for other races cause these white people know what is best for everyone. Dr. Seuss had some crazy Asian stereotypes in his books. But guess what, places like Japan have his books all over. No one else cares Everyone in the world is laughing at the USA

And a shame... today is his birthday... And mine Thank you! This is fucking ridiculous! Humanity is done! We can’t do shit anymore! Fucking stupid. Everyone quick! Hoard your Dr. Seuss books like they're Beanie Babies! Wouldn’t it be more logical to re-image the book? Ya, gonna censor Hop on Pop... but porn hub is still up and thriving... yay... thats my world

Goodness 🤦🏾‍♂️ Comolaflor___ PS even LIBERALS think this is stupid. Stop grabbing low hanging fruit to stop systemic racism. Dont buy the book if you can't handle something written 70 years ago, it is a teaching moment if nothing else. Omg what happened to this country. Next u will be going after the grinch book then trying to arrest him for hate crimes.

Absurd. You know its democrats/liberals doing all the complaining. Senestive ass lil 🐩 Ah yes, Dr. Suess. Notorious racist and face of the neo-nazis. Totally not saracstic at all Ridiculous. Absolutely stupid. Where are our teaching moments. This is fuckin embarrassing.... Dumb This is so stupid This is just sad

A child would never know the stories are racist under some left handed adult made them racist. “Adults” really know how to screw up the innocent. i'll say this here, he may have used racist comics to make his, but i never EVER felt it as racist, even now, i feel like he wanted to rebrand them into being good and inspirational, i won't ever dislike his stuff, even if he had been racist

Ridiculous This is the most stupidest thing I’ve ever seen How come the more we cancel the more black crime goes up? The more they think they're entitled the more they're going to act out and steal. Carjackings up huge all across the US. Concerning Dr Seusses books how many parents including myself read these books to their children , I have NOT heard any objections about these books until now , in my opinion it's cancel culture , the wording was wrong stop this BS , the next thing will be book burning

we choose to get offended by stuff. if ur offended by a children’s book then that’s on u. 1 fish 2 fish red fish Jew fish What is racist about these books? I’m gonna go ahead and guess nothing. Just like nothing is insensitive about Mr. Potato head being a Mr. Tbh the books probably weren’t even written by dr seuss anyway

why don't they just take the images out? Good thing we own the entire Seuss library Bunch of sensitive bitches in this world. Ffs. Every morning I prey that an extinction level asteroid crashes into earth and finally ends this gong show humanity has become. Ridiculous as always bullyjude is not just a 'hashtag'. It's not just something that will go trending and dissappear for ever. bullyjude is a movement. It's a movement of people doing what is best for this world. A movement of people that belive the only way to world peace is through bullyjude

The US is implosiona...The decline and Fall of a country...😞🇺🇸 Well I guess I’ll keep my copy of all my Dr. Suess books since I just saw a copy of”If I ran a zoo,” selling for 1200.00 How will the world survive. Ohh the humanity. FadeIntoMyDream Oh look at all that conservative outrage. The only people upset are white.

Only racists are upset, the only good Dr. Seuss book is the Lorax, anyway This is such bullshit!!! Stop giving into the dumb people calling this racist! CancelCulture is out of control!! As for me, I never read those books with any racism not as an adult or a kid. 🙄 oh give me a break !!! When does this cancel culture stop ? Whatever they hate was never worried about before , but once its brought up 2 sides rise in hate and continue to be divisive. CONGRATULATIONS SNOWFLAKES ❄

What exactly is racist in those books? Legitimately can't remember anything, i read them and turned out fine. Lol, history is being erased. This is insane. These are CHILDRENS BOOKS. I highly doubt they are going to read these and grow up being highly racist. Just because Dr Suess might have been, does not mean his work is.

Can't buy Dr Seuss, but Mien Kampf is ok? Lol that's crazy This is so crazy! Conservative freak outs in three two one. This is literally horse shit. You should not cancel history, you should learn from it. If you erase it, you learn nothing. This is routinely done in publishing however it’s always interesting to discover the racists. They show themselves with: hating “woke culture”, “cancel culture”,est. They transition civil rights language into a pejorative which is an age long practice & tell tell “hood” sign

Fucking snowflakes Idiots. This is so stupid. People agreeing with this are dumb. Y’all nazis now huh If the estate feels the Dr. Seuss books in question have sufficient value and contains no problematic language, why not have the offending images re-illustrated? 451 F And the people doing this have the audacity to call themselves liberals !!!

Mfs canceled Dr Seuss, I’m done with the Internet 😭 i mean....i can see why This is such crap! Who sits around thinking about this stuff...!!! It’s one of the best children’s book series ever!! Were they racist before this week? Stopped celebrating and reading his books years ago. OUTRAGED LIBERALS: “Burning books is the right thing to do!!” Are y’all awake yet?

The most stupid thing stop racism, bulling, etc. we need to change more things that not printing Dr.Seuss. You have a choice whether to read the book or not I don't know why you would stop publishing a book or books. This is very scary to me. Trump would never let this happen! Really, people need something else to do or get a life!

To stop publishing any book...... it's just sad. cancel culture is a dress rehearsal for mass murder. They forgot this one. 😂 People who get offended by racist remarks defeats the purpose of believing in themselves - my mindset is never make it my choice to care about other’s opinions particularly racist opinions because it’s not my responsibility to live up to anyone’s expectations

BURN THOSE FUCKING BOOKS Ridiculous. In “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,' an Asian person is portrayed wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks, and eating from a bowl. Is this photograph also racist? Oh gawd. People who are offended by children’s books are spineless cowards I knew Dr. Seuss was a little.... Dr. Sus

In the 1920s, it was fashionable to shame people for drinking alcohol. Dr. Seuss was originally canceled and fired from Dartmouth after being caught drinking gin. In the 2020s it was fashionable to be offended by anything and everything. Cancel Dr. Seuss again! Deleting Dr. Seuss books is ridiculous Wile E. Coyote will be pressing charges against the Road Runner next for attempted murder and battery against an endangered species. 🤦‍♀️

why doesn’t cancelculture actually physically do something helpful? sure bezos, darcy, gates & zuckerberg could fund an expedition out to the floating garbage island to pick that 💩up-fresh air🌊 and sunshine ☀️would be good for those basement dwellers Totally BULL 💩 I’m as liberal as they come but damn....cancel culture is going crazy.

Why do we have to pretend racist things never happened? They did and we need to learn from them by changing them and openly discussing the past. Trying to change the past or hide it has a negative effect on the future. His wife also tried to preserve his legacy. Dumb mf you just canceled my childhood again, Seuss.

That’s bull. Dr. Seuss is a legend. His books should never stop being published. If you're gonna reply to this tweet saying something about 'free speech' or 'cancel culture', just think to yourself 'am I okay with actually showing allegedly racist imagery to my kids?' And if you are... don't have kids

If you think that this has 'racist and insensitive imagery', you should trying reading some of the German children's books that I grew up with. This is silly because it's part of history - and conveniently wiping it away (as if it never happened), is just as offensive. I have a suggestion; shut up. Makes sense. I didn’t expect people who want to cancel Dr. Seuss to have a higher reading level.

Fahrenheit 451 pop off When will it stop? We are talking about CHILDREN'S BOOKS here This is so fucking ridiculous Is this a result of the outcry of mentally ill people on social media or a corporate boardroom sales/marketing decision? Fricking disgusting. People need to get a F*cking life. Dr. Suess never discriminated against anyone.

The Grinch did nothing wrong. Why didn't this one make the list? ITS DR. SEUSS WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE This does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING but rile up mouth breathing trump supporters 🤦‍♂️ embarrassing ❄️❄️❄️❄️ Look what you weirdo cancel culture people have done Why doesn’t this article show any photos of the supposedly racist things? You know, so I can see for myself if the books I read as a kid were actually “steeped” in racism.

or... OR... have the publisher Edit them to no longer be racially insensitive. We got photoshop, stupids. Some of y’all in these comments need to stop snorting the political powder.Geeez. Take a breath and calm down. 😂 The new fucking book burning.....zealots. So, those are in the public domain now? Then i can just download them for free. Since they're not being sold anymore.

Glad I kept all my Seuss books from my childhood. Calm the fuck down with the purity tests. What about the fact Dr. Suess was an absolute monster of a man? He was a misogynistic drunken pervert, can't we cancel him for that? WHAT BULL$HIT! 'Rascism is AN INSTITUTION which ONLY EXISTS when RASCISTS keep proclaiming there are DIFFERENCES in People'. Only RASCIST INSTITUTION is the U.S. Congress with DEMORATS & REPULSIVES leading. IBelieve 'WE ALL came from Dirt and THE REST of US FOLLOWED' AskGod

if we're gonna go this far lets ban adventures of tom sawyer and huckleberry fin, who cares if they're important books right? cant have shit in 2021 The Little House on the Prairie books? I guess I missed whatever was wrong with them. To all the people who are butt-hurt about this: no one is calling YOU a bad person for liking dr seuss BEFORE you found out he was racist, but we will be doing so if you try to defend him after finding out.

Fuckin people are sooooo soft fuck CancelCulture I can’t go one rap album without hearing the word “cracker”, but I don’t see those artists getting deplatformed on Spotify/YouTube/Apple Music. Let me know when it’s a two way street, and f*** woke culture until then. Hey look, more divide and conquer headlines using social issues to shift the focus from billionaires not paying taxes while we lose our relatives, jobs and homes.

Neat. I’m here for racist imagery no longer being published and little conservative crybabies losing their shit. What a great Tuesday. Did drsuess have that written down or did you have it just off the top of your head? You gotta push back on these people. School unions are having their way and letting their kids go to school in person while our kids cant. Hypocracy that's right do as I say,not as I do.

I didn’t know reading green eggs and ham as a kid made u racist as an adult - crazy LMAOOO this world is so shit now this is stupid. so many snowflakes in the world 🤦‍♂️ Hey I wonder what the actual purpose of this move was lol I have felt for years that this needed to be done good riddance and out with the bad rubbish

How dumb God Help this country. This is crazy the publishing company is trying to sell Dr. Seuss books more now these little ones don't understand this yet Why is this important? Why are people so offended by a fucking children's book? How is this gonna help America? Why aren't people standing up against the cancel culture?

Roots is racist gotta cop em now so i can sell them after market for a few hundred dollars More democrats with little to do but bring everything down. These people suck. Hard. The sooner we all realize that as a society, the sooner we can stop this bullcrap. Might I see what he is talking about putting a Cat in a Hat is considered animal abuse better ban that book too.

Mulberry Street was one of my favorite books as a kid. The imagery of the parade growing and growing was my favorite part. Don't let this distract you from the fact that Bugs Bunny was canonically a struggling rapist. Book burning leftists. I don’t wanna live on this planet anymore. What I grew up loving that Book 📚

What racist imagery? Cue the raging Conservatives. Maybe I am missing the point, but can't they just come up with new art? Happy birthday Dr. Seuss. WeThePeople This is war! Immediately activate military tribunals to try all traitors who stole the election!!!!!!Immediately initiate military tribunals to remove and try all US Supreme Court Justices who bend the law and pass unwarranted judgments!!!!!

Supreme Court of the United States of America = the highest illegal court in the United States of America The so-called'Equality' Act = Anti-Humanity Act The essence of the so-called 'cancellation culture' is anti-American culture and anti-human culture. The so-called 'political correctness' = the devil is correct, the evil is correct, the mutated human is correct, and the anti-human is correct!

Notice how the anger at this news is being directed at some vague force instead of the publishing company that made this decision. This was a business decision, not a moral one. This is one of the stupidest things being done this year. This will only make these books even more classic and sought after and read. Protest what is happening in Myanmar where real problems are and leave the stupid stuff alone.

The books that the world calls immoral are books that showtheworld its ownshame. OscarWilde keepanopenmind readingforpleasure reading Learning We are keeping it purple to promote awareness for Sarcoidosis Some sensitive ass motherfuckers. People sure do start fucking screaming when someone decides, of their own volition, to start being even slightly less shitty.

Makes no sense but ok I mean imma still read them to my kid’s regardless because they are good kids books but I don’t see how hel holds books can be racist, this news is irrelevant to me. Funny thing, my whole house has Dr.Seuss books. You could gone after anyone but Dr.Seuss books? Just let him have it, it’s his birthday and he’s already dead. I just hate how much of cancel culture this is.

I like the green eggs and ham :) This is literally the dumbest thing cancellation yet; which is saying something. Wait until they find out about Tintin Really? I grew up with these books. I know there is extreme racism in the world, but sometimes I think we have become too sensitive. 'Some day they will come for you' Bill Maher said it, search it online CancelCulture

Ebay Liked this So to all the WOKE people how come yall didn't cancel or stop or even give a fuck about Dr.Suess until the internet told u to 😂😂😂😂🐑 🐑 🐑 Books stop being published all the time for different reason & they don’t get this much attention. I think it’s more the media without trump does not how to act 😆

It’s a book for kids Publisher right now... Uh huh. That's stupid Release the Snyder cut of Mulberry Street!!! They came for Dr.Seuss and I said nothing 1 and 2 If you see racist imagery in dr. Seuss, you have issues what the hell is wrongwith, could someone point me for those images please, coz i havent noticed a thing reading it

Sigh why ruin my childhood :(((( Just cancel everything. Well, we are at a time where we're trying to put a stop to racism. And one way to do that is to stop publishing children's books that depict such stuff. I like to thank the people who made me a little richer today ... white america’s skeleton are on full display and they had better repent fast ... HR40

This is a fucking joke it's past time to cancelcancelculture. These people are self entitled losers Give me a fucking break Who knew eating Green eggs and ham was racists? These “woke” pussies ain’t woke, they’re snowflakes ❄️ Censoring and banning books is never a good thing. I can’t believe y’all doing Dr.Seuss like that 😔

Soft ass generation How? Time to start beating the shit out of all these pantywaist snowflakes. Who the fuck even read those books anyways? Probably the stupidest thing I’ve ever read. Who are the people pushing for this kind of shit? Is the only thing they can see is race ? They are the racists. It’s all about race to them.

No way its god dang dr Seuss This is so stupid! The generation of everyone getting a trophy needs to grow up! Maybe I'm too cynical, but why even make a press release about this. Publishers stop publishing books routinely. It's almost like they want the drama so they can sell their existing inventory of these books, none of which are top sellers even among Dr. Seuss books.

The left is too sensitive. Fact Seriously? Cancel culture is getting out of hand Please read the article before injecting political influence Boom racism solved good at what point to people stop trying to find things to be fake angry about? when does it stop? this is literal nonsense. All the more reason to buy these books and those by other authors who have been criticized, including Laura Ingalls Wilder, who penned the Little House on the Prairie series. When you see everyone rushing in one stupid direction, step back and think for yourself. DrSeuss

If you're biggest problem in life is a children's book, then you're doing ok They finally did it... they came after Dr. Seuss lol Ffs Racism has been defeated, good job book publisher! Sad. Mulberry Street was my fav Dr Seuss( and first probably) We are so fucking stupid as a country anymore this shit is getting ridiculous.

Are you serious rn? Dr. Seuss Books! What's next? Not to mention Mr. Potato Head is offensive! This is ALL I'm a say about this BS! You homos, etc. might better open the Bible! Bc, Jesus makes it quite clear how God feels about homosexuality! Adults will you please leave now, The time has come. The time has come. The time is now. Just go. Go. GO! I don't care how.-Dr. Seuss....

Sad, just sad Those people criticizing this are illiterates who make knee jerk remarks without reading the content of the article. I hope your children turn out just like Dr. Seuss. Everyone needs to stop being so sensitive. This is ridiculous. If we are concerned about Dr. Seuss books, shouldn't we be even more concerned about the language and images posted by racist politicians?

😂😂😂😂😂 what next? Some people have way too much time on their hands! Yup The Mao revolution continues Our free speech is being attacked more and more every day. What's happening to America? Not everything is racist... tell this sensitive ass group to grow some balls. Not everything is “discriminating” or “racial injustice “. ImpeachBiden