According to Dr. Suess Enterprises, six titles are being removed from their catalog for “racist or insensitive material”.
The books which will cease production include –
- And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
- If I Ran the Zoo
- McElligot’s Pool
- On Beyond Zebra!
- Scrambled Eggs Super!
- The Cat’s Quizzer.
In a statement to the Associated Press, they explain how they came to these decision.
“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 then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” they said to AP.
An Asian man eating food, using chopsticks from a bowl, while wearing a conical hat in “And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street” and two barefoot African men, with their hair tied up, while wearing grass skirts in “If I ran a zoo” were pointed to as examples of the insensitivities.
“The books we share with our children matter. Books shape their world view and tell them how to relate to the people, places, and ideas around them. As grown-ups, we have to examine the worldview we are creating for our children, including carefully re-examining our favorites,” said Dr Rebekah Fitzsimmons, Assistant Teaching Professor, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon, in a tweet.
If you are keeping track, in two weeks, Mr. Potato head, the movie Grease and now some Dr. Suess tittles have been altered or called out in some way by what some see as “cancel culture”.
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