Next up on the cancelation chopping block is Dr. Seuss. Why?
According to the wokescolds, Dr. Seuss has “racial undertones.”
The New York Daily News reported that Loudoun County schools in Virginia will no longer be making classics like “One Fish, Two Fish” or “Green Eggs and Ham” a central focus for children’s reading because it would clearly turn any student who reads it into a raging racist:
Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia have removed Dr. Seuss from Tuesday’s “Read Across America Day,” which coincides with the celebrated children’s author’s birthday.
But the school board clarified over the weekend that its decision, which was labeled an act of “cancel culture” by critics, only applied to the works of Theodor Seuss Geisel serving as the centerpiece of its annual March 2 celebration of literacy.
“Dr. Seuss books have not been banned and are available to students in our libraries and classrooms,” LCPS officials said in a statement published Saturday. “However, Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of Read Across America Day in Loudoun County Public Schools.”
Educators in the Washington D.C area suburbs released the statement to address “media rumors” about their position on books by the “Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham” author, who was born March 2, 1904 and died in 1991.
The LCPS statement cites “strong racial undertones” including “anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale” in the decision to put some distance between Dr. Seuss and Tuesday’s celebration of kids’ literature. The school district encouraged students to “read all types of books that are inclusive, diverse and reflective.”
Was Seuss a raging racist with intentions to secretly refer to other races in his works?
The answer is…I don’t care.
Never in the history of reading these books did I ever pull from it a racial undertone. Until this moment in my life did I even think Seuss’s books made references to races at all. I, like everyone else, was really only concerned with how and why the Grinch’s heart grew three times its size on Christmas, if there really was a place and time that green eggs and ham could be enjoyed, or what the Cat in the Hat was going to do next.
However, despite the fact that none of us saw it, the left sees it, according to Deadline:
Dr. Seuss’s books have been under fire for some time by woke observers, who believe they are not diverse in their presentations. A 2019 report claimed some of the books “feature animal or non-human characters that transmit Orientalist, anti-Black, and White supremacist messaging through allegories and symbolism.”
Additionally, Geisel had done controversial cartoons with racist overtones before he became a well-known children’s author. He claimed that it was “just the way things were 50 years ago” when confronted about the long-hidden cartoons.
Did the left see it because they’ve trained themselves to spot this kind of thing? Is their awareness of this so high that we mere mortals can’t possibly understand the racism we are constantly surrounded by?
Nope. They saw it because they wanted to see it.
Even if Seuss did use racial archetypes for some of his characters, it really doesn’t matter. Seuss wasn’t trying to make harmful references about cultures. The culture wasn’t the focus. The focus was on providing children with easily readable and digestible material to entertain them. Race wasn’t a factor until the left made it one.
And they made it one because they need to see racism everywhere. It’s part of their reason for holding the ideologies they do and without it, their entire framework begins to disintegrate. For them, everything is racist, everything is sexist, and everything needs to be looked at from that critical perspective. Every flaw has to be highlighted, and everything has to be pushed away or relegated to cancelation until only their work and their ideas remain.
The works of Dr. Seuss aren’t actually problematic, they were just next up on the chopping block. Don’t worry, everything in the line behind the Cat in the Hat is far more ridiculous.
Remember that going along with these people isn’t going to stop cancelations. It only feeds the ever-starving monster. The social justice woke culture cannot be appeased. It’s unpleasable by design and trying to please it is like bailing water out of the ocean. If it cannot find racism or sexism, it will create it. If something becomes popular, it will point out its socio-political flaws (i.e. it wasn’t diverse enough, it treated women unfairly, etc.) in order to pressure it to change to its will.
There is no end to their displeasure and, more importantly, no end to your faults in their eyes.
So I refer back to my original answer as to whether or not they’re right.