Following schools dropping the famous children's books, President Biden has canceled Dr. Seuss during his proclamation for Read Across America Day due to "racial undertones."
Safe to say, there have been some strong reactions to the snub...
Because the move has shunted a twenty-year tradition for the national reading day.
Well, this move simply adds to the already growing list of President Biden's accomplishments since his inauguration almost 2 months ago.
Just hours after being sworn in, Biden signed a historic seventeen executive actions...
All of which were major reversals from Trump's policies.
Biden has also taken on a much more urgent approach to handling the pandemic in comparison to Donald Trump's very relaxed methods.
A mandate has been put in place to wear masks and practice social distancing on all federal government property, including the launch of the "100 day mask challenge" to try and encourage more Americans to wear face masks more often.
And as for racial equality...
Biden is set to launch a whole-government initiative to advance racial equity.
The initiative is set to include "Identifying Methods to Assess Equity' and 'Allocating Federal Resources to Advance Fairness and Opportunity."
Biden has also started to put in motion the reversal of the unconstitutional Muslim ban and Trump's order that empowered harsh and extreme immigration enforcement...
Including the infamous building of the Mexico-U.S border.
Alongside this, he has ordered that all appointees in the executive branch sign an ethics pledge, to avoid any further instances of internal corruption. Yes, it would seem that this is a direct dig at the Trump tax returns fiasco.
And of course...
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Biden was swift in rejoining the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement from which Trump formally - and very controversially - withdrew the U.S from last year.
So, as you can see...
President Biden has been a very busy man in the last few weeks!
But his most recent move is a rather controversial one.
As all of us Americans will be aware, today is the national Read Across America Day - an annual day that celebrates all kinds of books, authors, and young readers.
It is also a day that celebrates the birthday of the infamous children's author, Dr. Seuss.
Theodor Seuss, who died in 1991, is known for his best-selling children's books...
Such as Horton Hears A Who! (1955), The Cat in the Hat (1957), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957), and Green Eggs and Ham (1960).
And it's safe to say that all of his work has cemented millions of American childhoods over the last 6 decades; he's pretty much a national treasure!
Dr. Seuss and his work has always dominated this national reading day...
And it's become somewhat of a tradition for Dr. Seuss' wild and wacky stories to be celebrated and remembered on Read Across America Day, with numerous former presidents and first ladies promoting and paying tribute to his stories.
So quite predictably, it's come as quite a shock to many to hear that President Biden has "canceled" Dr. Seuss this year...
And people have had a lot to say about it.
@JoeBiden Dr. Seuss is part of our culture, part of my childhood, as well as my children and grandchildren. his writing contains racial overtones? I don’t think so!! Why would you erase him from “Read Across America “?? totally unacceptable, shameful 😢👎🏻🙅🏼♀️ pic.twitter.com/KEl9poybjd— Janette Marie (@jjnmama) March 2, 2021
Dr. Seuss is an important part of American culture. If you wanna cancel him, please just block me. I don’t want your kind of stupid in my hemisphere anymore.— Dr. Catfish Charlie Seuss (@Chuckles152) March 2, 2021
Now @JoeBiden is cancelling Dr. Seuss. Enough of this shit. Cancel culture will soon come for you too.— HMM (@halfmarathonman) March 2, 2021
@JoeBiden Dr. Seuss, your canceling DR. Seuss, what a wimp! You can’t protect Seuss how are you going to protect our country.— American Rocker (@thomasr79698046) March 2, 2021
@POTUS @JoeBiden @FLOTUS @DrBiden C'mon now. Seriously??? Dr. Seuss is a scourge on this country? What in the hell are you thinking? Step back and take a look at the country. I know you grew up in an era when people knew what was right and wrong! Act Like It!!!— NGH (@ngholbrook) March 2, 2021
In Biden's proclamation declaring Tuesday Read Across America Day, he made no mention of Seuss...
Even though Donald Trump and Barack Obama both mentioned the author in their own declarations in the last 2 decades.
Although the White House hasn't commented specifically on why the president chose not to mention the author...
The apparent snub comes just days after Loudoun County Public School District in Virginia removed Dr. Seuss from its Read Across America Day celebration, claiming that the legendary author's books had "racial undertones."
The Loudon County School District said they are leaving Seuss out of their celebrations and instead are shifting the "emphasis" towards books that are more "inclusive and diverse and reflective of our student community."
"Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss," LCPS said in a statement to CNN.
Examples of racial undertones in the books include "anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale captioned with offensive language," LCPS explained.
"Given this research, and LCPS' focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss' birthday."
Do you think President Biden made the right move to cancel Dr. Seuss for this year's Read Across America Day?
Or do you think it's something that's totally unnecessary and is damaging to American culture?