Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company responsible for the publishing of Dr. Seuss’ children’s books, decided that they would no longer be publishing six of the late author’s books due to their racist imagery. The company said the decision was made after months of discussion with educators and experts in literature and education.
The six books that are being discontinued are:
- And to think That I Saw It on Mulberry
- If I Ran the Zoo
- McElligot’s Pool
- On Beyond Zebra!
- Scrambled Eggs Super!
- The Cat’s Quizzer
According to NPR, Dr. Seuss Enterprises says the decision was made last year to support all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion, and friendship. The company’s announcement was made on Read Across America Day as well as Theodor Seuss Geisel’s, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss’s, birthday, March 2nd.
This decision was controversial to many, as an opinion shared among those who oppose the decision is that Dr. Seuss has become a victim of “cancel culture”. On Fox News’ Tuesday segment of Fox and Friends, Brian Kilmeade, a Fox and Friends host, had some strong feelings about the discontinuation of these books.
“It’s out of control,” said Kilmeade. “When a radical organization decides to put together and eliminate children’s books from a brilliant author that has helped spread the word of reading, and the love of reading, around the globe, and we’re going to let one group decide that it’s not worthy of our eyes and our kids. That’s a travesty.”
Dr. Seuss is not being “cancelled” as a whole, as some people are assuming. The books that are no longer being published contain racist stereotypes, anti-black sentiments, and even positively portrayed images of human enslavement.
The majority of Dr. Seuss books will still be available in libraries and schools, save for the six that were deemed to be too offensive to continue publication.