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Six Dr Seuss Books Will Cease Publishing Due To Racist Imagery

For many of us, Dr Seuss’ storybooks played a big role in our childhood where we grew up reading classics like The Lorax, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and If I Ran the Zoo.

But according to a statement released by Dr Seuss Enterprises, the company has decided to cease publication and licensing for some of its books as they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

The six titles that will be discontinued are And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, The Cat’s Quizzer and If I Ran The Zoo. 

The announcement was made yesterday in conjunction with the late Dr Seuss’ birthday. However, the company’s decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, to ensure that Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog would “represent and support all communities and families.”

Among some of the imagery that are deemed to be insensitive include an illustration of an Asian person wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks, and eating from a bowl in And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street and a drawing of two bare-footed African men wearing what appear to be grass skirts with their hair tied above their heads in If I Ran The Zoo.

Credits: The Indian Express


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