Theodor Geisel, known to most people around the world as Dr. Seuss, is now having multiple books pulled, to never be published again, due to racist content inside each rhymed story.
The books that are pulled are:
- On Beyond Zebra!
- The Cat’s Quizzer
- If I Ran the Zoo
- And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
- McElligot’s School
- Scrambled Eggs Super!
Of course, the author is now deceased, having passed away in 1991, but Dr. Seuss Enterprises felt it their responsibility to pull the books after consulting with educators and experts who reviewed the Asian and African depictions in at least two of the books. The books held unacceptable stereotypes.
A Cat In the Hat has also been reviewed, however, not pulled. Since the announcement from Dr. Seuss Enterprises about the six pulled titles, there are various views from the public. To many, “cancel culture” is a wreck, and to others, there are a plethora of reasons to pull the books and all those reasons have to do with how a new generation of children will become indoctrinated into viewing other people in ways not suitable in an equal society.
Visual imagery has always played a more effective role in the indoctrination of negative stereotypes. It’s always been one thing to say all are equal, but it is another thing to never show it. Children love and learn from images, more than words.
It would be appropriate for those books to become a part of an educational discussion on historical writings in a higher educational setting, however, to it should be absent from children who are inclined to believe everything they see.