Dr. Seuss was target before 'Cancel Culture' caught up
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)
The warning is out for anyone not listening: The so-called “Cancel Culture” that claimed Dr. Seuss as its latest trophy will never, ever be satisfied because white supremacists are supposedly hiding everywhere, not just on Mulberry Street.
Confronted over art work that depicts racial stereotypes, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced March 2 it was ceasing publication of six books: 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.
Those images range from a “Chinese man who eats with sticks” in Mulberry Street, the very first children’s book, to shirtless, shoeless African tribesmen depicted in If I Ran the Zoo, published in 1950.
The announcement was published this week on the birthday of the author, Theodore Seuss Geisel.
Although most of the public never equated Dr. Seuss with racism, Geisel’s legacy has been in trouble for years. His books have been denounced by left-wing academia for decades over the racial stereotyping and now, more recently, that criticism was gaining speed as academia embraced and taught Critical Race Theory, and everywhere from colleges to corporations are instructing white employees to admit their “white privilege” and acknowledge “systemic racism.”
“In Dr. Seuss’ books,” a children’s literature professor told NBC News, “we have a kind of sensibility which is oriented toward centering the white child and decentering everyone else.”
“There’s no stopping point for these people. They are totally insane,” Dr. Carol Swain, responding to the controversy, told Fox News this week.
Swain made her comments at approximately the same time online retailer eBay, citing the Enterprise announcement, announced it was forcing online sellers to drop the sale of the six books. That decision only added fire to accusations of a "Cancel Culture" that goes on and on.
Swain, a black professor whose conservative views were unwelcomed at Vanderbilt University, went on to warn that no white author is “truly safe” from “social justice warriors” who see racism everywhere.
In a fate similar to Dr. Seuss, in fact, public school districts across the U.S. have run from the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird in recent years. The depiction of Jim Crow-era racism made the Pulitzer-winning book an enemy of English teachers and school boards despite Atticus Finch defending Tom Robinson, and despite Harper Lee's overt theme of racial equality.
Little House on the Prairie and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have suffered the safe fate, and even Uncle Tom's Cabin -- credited by Abraham Lincoln for awakening the North to the evils of slavery -- has also been banned by some schools for its depictions of racism.
Victoria Cobb of the Family Foundation of Virginia tells One News Now the cancellation of Dr. Seuss has one benefit: Parents who have learned about left-wing school curriculum during COVID-mandated shutdowns are witnessing how school leaders view the popular Dr. Seuss books.
“They’re obsessed with race,” Swain said of Dr. Seuss's detractors, “and they are the true racists.”
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