An Asian EMS student, Jennie Lu, reads one of the racist books that will have its publication stopped. (A.Houghton)
An Asian EMS student, Jennie Lu, reads one of the racist books that will have its publication stopped.

A.Houghton

Dr. Seuss Halts Publication For Racist Books

March 15, 2021

Lately, Theodor Seuss Geisel– pen name ‘Dr. Seuss’ — has been getting lots of publicity, and not the good kind.  

On March 2, 2021 (Geisel’s 117th birthday),  Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that handles Geisel’s legacy and books, chose to stop publication (this does not mean that the books will be banned, just that they won’t make any more of them)  of multiple books. These books 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”. 

Dr. Seuss Enterprises claims they did it because, “these books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Many people agree, saying that lines like ““I’ll hunt in the mountains of Zomba-ma-Tant / With helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant,” are racist. However, the statement has received some negative backlash with people calling for the books to continue getting published, calling it a  “cancellation of culture”. 

 Overall, this came as a shock to many, due to Geisel’s popularity (the first book that 25% of kids read is by Geisel). 

Many are speculating about more of Geisel’s books will have their publication halted too. 

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