Publication of six Dr. Seuss books will halt, including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo”. This decision is due to racist and insensitive imagery, said the business protecting the author’s legacy.
“These books portray people in ways which are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement coinciding with Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan. We will strive to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it added.
Other books include: “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
Dr. Seuss books promote hatred against Blacks and Asians
Last year, the legacy company made the decision to stop publication of these 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. We worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles.”
Dr. Seuss’s books are read by millions around the globe and have been translated into many languages. However, with the rise of anti-racism movements such as “Black Lives Matter”, and other humanitarian movements, Seuss’s books have become widely criticized by minority races.
One other popular book by Seuss receiving wide criticism for promoting racism and stereotypes is “The Cat in the Hat”. Currently, publishing has not stopped for this book.
“We are committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio.” Said Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
Meanwhile, Herbert R. Kohl – educator and author, published “Should We Burn Babar?”. Similarly, his book received criticism for racist imagery which depicted black people in an immoral manner. Critics claim the book celebrates colonialism. The offensive imagery involves a character leaving a jungle but later returning to “civilize” his tribe of animals.
British library removed “Babar’s Travels,” from shelves in 2021 for the alleged stereotypes of Africans. Additionally, “Curious George” was also criticized for showing imagery of a white man bringing a monkey home from Africa.