Following numerous schools “canceling” Dr. Seuss, it was revealed earlier this week that 6 of the famous children’s books will stop being published altogether because of “racist and insensitive imagery.”
And now, the stepdaughter of the infamous author has spoken out about the controversial move. Read on to hear what she had to say…
As we all know, Dr. Seuss is somewhat of a national treasure here in America.
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 the work of Dr. Seuss has cemented millions of childhoods…
Espeically here in America.
Earlier this week, the annual Read Across America Day came and went…
Meaning a lot of children were reading the work of Dr. Seuss.
Because Dr. Seuss and his work has always dominated this national reading day…
And it’s become somewhat of a tradition for Dr. Seuss’s wild and wacky stories to be celebrated and remembered on this special day, with numerous former presidents and first ladies promoting and paying tribute to his stories.
Oh, and March 2nd also marks the birthday of the famous author, making it all that more special!
So quite predictably, it came as quite a shock to many to hear that President Biden “canceled” Dr. Seuss this year for the national reading day.
In Biden’s proclamation declaring Tuesday’s Read Across America Day, he made absolutely no mention of Seuss.
Even though Donald Trump and Barack Obama both mentioned the author in their own declarations in the last 2 decades…
It seemed as if Biden decided to break the tradition.
Although the White House hasn’t yet commented specifically on why the president chose not to mention the author…
The apparent snub came 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 were leaving Seuss out of their celebrations and instead were 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.”
And in an even more shocking move…
It was announced yesterday that 6 Dr. Seuss books will stop being published.
And of course, many aren’t happy about it.
However, others have rejoiced over the news and have slammed the author further for promoting racist ideologies.
As of yesterday, 6 Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published due to their “racist and insensitive imagery.”
The 6 books no longer being published are: 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.
Of course, we know that this move has triggered a huge divide in opinion across the country…
But now, one of Seuss’ stepdaughters has publicly spoken out and given her opinion on the matter.
Leagrey Dimond – one of Dr. Seuss’s stepdaughters – told TMZ she doesn’t think his work needs to be censored or stored away from public view…
But instead, she suggested the books should contain a disclaimer… something a lot of media companies have been opting for lately for questionable or outdated material with racist depictions.
“Yes, some of his earlier publications and illustrations DID feature racist imagery, but his legacy shouldn’t hinge on that alone.”
She also claimed that the full breadth of his literature demonstrates how he was a good man and evolved over time.
Dimond then insisted that her stepfather actually regretted some of his work as the years went on…
Such as ads, comic strips, and political cartoons he helped craft during the WWII era – which featured blatantly racist drawings of Black people and Asian people.
But Dimond insisted that since coming into Seuss’ care at the age of 9, she never once experienced any hatred, hate speech, or bigotry of any kind…
Which she says was emblematic of his character at large – the fact that people are judging him in death, she said, just doesn’t sit right with her.
Of course, the decision is final to cancel 6 of Seuss’s books…
But it’s important to take Dimond’s perspective into consideration; because after all, she perhaps knew the author the best out of anyone.