Dr. Seuss Enterprises has decided to stop publishing six books Dr. Seuss books due to their portrayal of minority populations. The decision has caused more debate over what constitutes as hateful media in society.

Beloved Author Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, ( March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) will have six of his books no longer being published, due the racist imagery within the books. Images in these books included insensitive portrayals of different ethnicities, including Chinese and African Americans. In addition to these books, the author was also known for drawing far more racist political cartoons. Dr. Seuss Enterprises addressed the issue more in depth in an official statement.

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises, working with a panel of experts, including educators, reviewed our catalog of titles and made the decision last year to cease publication and licensing of the following titles:  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.  These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” The statement read. “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”

The statement drew ire from many Dr. Seuss fans, who were further spurned onward by rumors of a school district that had banned the author. Some critics of the decision had a huge following with famous Conservative talking head Ben Shapiro speaking out against the choice and even some statements from Ted Cruz blaming the current political climate. 

Texas Senator Ted Cruz also has tweeted about same topic from a similar viewpoint but instead lays the blame on President Biden. “Utterly asinine. Joe Biden trying to cancel Dr. Seuss.” in reference to a story from the New York Post saying that Biden removed from any mention of Dr. Seuss from Read Across America day, which is supposed to teach children the joys of reading.

These two were far from the minority however, as many on Twitter have taken to complaining about the books no longer being published. A lot of these Tweets cite the Democrats being the issue in a manner similar to Cruz’s outcry.

“Today is Read Across America day and also Dr. Seuss birthday. Please be sure to read a Dr. Seuss book. Dr. Seuss books are not racist!” Influencers Diamond and Silk tweeted out.

Some even Tweeted out Seuss style rhymes in a way to show their support.

As vocal as the opponents of the Dr. Seuss books no longer being published are, they were matched in ferocity by people who supported the decision, including those who debunked the rumor of the Dr. Seuss being banned.
Writer Charlotte Clymer tweeted out in part of a large Twitter thread. “There’s this remarkable tool for verifying claims that isn’t yet more widely known. It’s completely free. You don’t even have to sign up with an email subscription. It’s called “Google”. So, I went to the Google, and typed in “Dr. Seuss ban Virginia” to see what I could find out. That brought me to a CNN article written about the “banning” that led with this paragraph stating… oh, so, they weren’t banned. They weren’t removed. Students can still check them out as freely as they did yesterday.”

 

Beyond the obvious politics, the story brings up huge questions about legacy and responsibility. Companies like Dr. Seuss Enterprises exist to preserve the legacy of authors like Dr. Seuss and in order to do that they have to take responsibility for the actions of the authors themselves.