According to The DailyWire, on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2nd, the company that publishes Dr. Seuss books will stop selling six titles, citing racist and insensitive imagery.
While millions of American children have been raised with the books, which include positive messages about tolerance and protecting the environment, some have drawn criticism over the way blacks, Asians and others are drawn. The author has also been ripped for his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations.
President Joe Biden on Monday avoided mentioning Dr. Seuss in his presidential proclamation for Read Across America Day, which is celebrated on the author’s birthday. The move was a far cry from his former boss, Barack Obama.
In the former president’s 2014 proclamation, he said Dr. Seuss’ stories “challenge dictators and discrimination. They call us to open our minds, to take responsibility for ourselves and our planet.”
In 2015, Obama said: “The works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to us as Dr. Seuss, have sparked a love for reading in generations of students. His whimsical wordplay and curious characters inspire children to dream big and remind readers of all ages that ‘a person’s a person no matter how small.”
And in 2016, Obama said Seuss was “one of America’s revered wordsmiths” who “used his incredible talent to instill in his most impressionable readers universal values we all hold dear.”
Meanwhile, a school district in Virginia ordered its teachers to stop the national reading day with Seuss because of “strong racial undertones” in some of his books.
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process,” the company told the AP. “We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles.”
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