Conservatives falsely claim that Dr. Seuss is 'banned' from schools.

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Conservatives falsely claim that Dr. Seuss is ‘banned’ after publisher drops racist texts

No, Dr. Seuss books aren't banned from schools.


Siobhan Ball


Posted on Mar 2, 2021   Updated on Mar 3, 2021, 2:37 pm CST

Conservatives on Twitter on Tuesday bemoaned that famous children’s author Dr. Seuss was “canceled” after a publisher announced it would cease publishing and licensing six books out of the author’s vast catalog of work.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which manages Theodor Seuss Geisel’s estate, announced it will no longer publish And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo among others that “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” The books include characters that resemble racist, stereotypical depictions of Asians and African Americans.

Following the announcement, a Virginia school district asked its schools to “de-emphasize” written by Dr. Seuss for Read Across America Day due to “racial undertones” in the books withdrawn from publication, according to the New York Times.

Online, people blamed “liberals” and said the news represented America’s downfall. One user shared an image from former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley’s organization Stand for America. “Liberals be like one book / Two book / Ban Book / Burn Book,” the image says.

Now 6 Dr. Seuss books are cancelled too? When history looks back at this time it will be held up as an example of a depraved sociopolitical purge driven by hysteria and lunacy
We can't even handle Dr. Seuss books? America is on the decline! Now is the time for America to have a backbone and stand up to the cancel culture! 6 books canceled on Dr. Seuss's birthday today!
'Don't cancel Dr. Seuss!' yellow graphic with the text 'one book, two book, ban book, burn book'

False claims that schools and President Joe Biden banned Dr. Seuss books spread across the internet. “Dr. Seuss was canceled today,” one user wrote. “In all seriousness we better fight back in this culture war or else their will be nothing let to leave to our children.”

Dr. Seuss was canceled today... in all seriousness we better fight back in this culture war or else their will be nothing left to leave to our children.... all of the history and traditions we have taken for granted are being ERASED daily.. #DrSeuss
Biden really just banned Dr. Seuss. You can’t even make that up

Dr. Seuss himself at one point admitted some of his early works were problematic and contain unambiguously racist depictions of Black and East Asian people.

'No one is 'canceling' Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss Enterprises made the decision to stop publishing six books, like the one below. It's obviously racist. Yes, Dr. Seuss evolved. Anyone can. Show me someone upset about this and I'll show you someone unwilling to evolve.' photograph of a page from a Dr. Seuss book featuring three racist caricatures of Chinese men carrying a cage with a fluffy creature in it on their heads
A 2019 study looked at 50 Dr. Seuss books. Found 43/45 characters of colour have a 'stereotypical, offensive portrayal of Asia' and the 'two 'African' characters both have anti-Black characteristics.' Ex from If I Ran The Zoo: '...helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant...'
I read a lot about Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and his politics when I was working on Five Came Back, and there's not a doubt in my mind that he would have thought all the people at Fox News suddenly taking him up as a cause are the world's biggest assholes.

Despite social media protests, the decision to stop publishing and licensing new copies of Dr. Seuss books will not remove existing copies from schools, libraries, and private collections. But the facts haven’t stopped some conservatives from claiming that the government is coming for everything they hold dear.

there is no meaningful movement to cancel Dr. Seuss, nobody really cares about the Potato Head's hypothetical genitalia, but they can slam it through the poisoned boomer brains and make it a thing
You idiots know it was Dr. Seuss's own estate removing those and not anyone 'cancelling' him, right? I hate when the right does their culture war bullshit as if conservatives aren't the reason we have a Banned Book week.

'The only Dr. Seuss book that will survive' a yellow graphic with a white fish labelled 'latinx fish' two green fish labelled 'pan fish' a red fish labelled 'feminine fish' and a blue fish labelled 'non binary fish'
And Sally looked sad, She had tears in her eyes, ‘They’ve banned Dr Seuss!’ She said with surprise, ‘What will we read, how will we learn?. ‘If all the fun books, they choose now to burn’ I cradled her face, shedding tears of my own, ‘I’m so sorry Sally, but this is your home.’

Some noted the irony of their compatriots going all out for Dr. Seuss when much of his later work aligns more closely with liberal values of tolerance, environmental protection, and a distrust of authority.

“I think it’s particularly amusing to note that Dr. Seuss was a damn communist sympathizer,” lawyer Kurt Schlichter tweeted.

I think it’s particularly amusing to note that Dr. Seuss was a damn communist sympathizer. #LetTheFight
'Somehow, I think the self-righteous right is ecstatic that Dr. Seuss may have been canceled, because Dr. Seuss would've thought the self-righteous right were a bunch of asshole pro-Nazi America Firsters and they know it.' two of Dr. Seuss anti-Nazi cartoons

Elsewhere on the internet, enterprising profiteers realized that with the books being removed from the publication, they’re likely to become collector’s items. One listing that appeared on Amazon on Tuesday was selling And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street for $10,000; an eBay listing offered the book for $20,000.

Screencap of an Amazon listing for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street for sale for $10,000
'Already the banned Dr. Seuss books are going for hundreds on @eBay ...' screenshots of the book listed for $152.50 to $20000

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*First Published: Mar 2, 2021, 7:36 pm CST