Complicating conservative claims yesterday that progressives are desperate to cancel Dr. Seuss (rhymes with Joyce), the foundation itself responsible for the legacy of the beloved children’s author announced they will be ceasing publication of six of his books (Seuss-rhymes-with-Joyce wrote over sixty). In a statement to the AP early this morning, on Seuss-rhymes-with-Joyce’s birthday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises recognized that “these books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” and that the decision is based on their “commitment and broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”
Parents and teachers alike have long pointed out the problematic and upsetting ways in which Seuss (did I mention it rhymes with Joyce?) draws Asians and African Americans, and the foundation—in what is likely a move based more in legacy-preservation than sensitivity—finally got the message. The six titles that will no longer be published are And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer.
I was once a child and am now a parent and I haven’t heard of any of these.