However, many were stunned by the decision of the Seus mansion, which was announced on Tuesday to coincide with Dr. Seus’ birthday. In a statement, Dr. Seuss Enterprises said it decided to discontinue those six titles last year after consulting with an expert group, including faculty, to review its catalog.
Geisel, who died in 1991, is best known for bizarre picture books such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat, as well as working with ethical and moral imperatives for treating others with kindness and care. the planet, like Horton hears who! and Lorax.
Scholars have long noted racism in his military political cartoons, for which he later apologized half-heartedly, saying they were the result of “quick judgments that every political cartoonist must make.”
Research into his picture books has begun to gain momentum recently. In his 2017 book, “Was the Cat in the Hat Black ?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature and the Need for Various Books,” Mr. Nell, a professor at Kansas State University, proved that the favorite character has its roots in the black face of menstrelse. In 2019, an academic journal devoted to the study of diversity in children’s literature published “The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness and the Dominance of White in Dr. Seuss’s Children’s Books,” an article exploring racism and bias in Dr. . The Seuss books.
The authors, Katie Ishizuka and Ramon Stevens,, claims that much of Dr. Sius’ work shows racism or bias against blacks, Asians, Mexicans, Native Americans, and Jews, as well as women and other groups. “Minimizing, erasing or not acknowledging Seuss’s racial transgressions throughout his publishing career denies the real historical impact they have had on people of color and the way they continue to influence children’s culture, education and perceptions of people of color.” wrote.