Perspectives: Dr. Seuss Enterprises Ends Publication of Six Books Over Racial Stereotypes

Headline Roundup March 3rd, 2021

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that oversees the author’s legacy, announced Tuesday that it would end sales of six Dr. Seuss books because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” The company said it made the decision last year after “working with a panel of experts, including educators.” The same day, President Joe Biden did not mention Dr. Seuss in the annual Read Across America Day presidential proclamation, despite previous administrations doing so due to the day being a partial recognition of Seuss' birthday.

While news coverage of the story was much more prominent in right-rated outlets, outlets on all sides published commentary on the story. Voices in right-rated outlets portrayed the publishing decision negatively and linked it to cancel culture. Voices in left-rated outlets mostly defended the publishing decision or criticized the right for giving the story purportedly undeserved attention.

Perspectives: Dr. Seuss Enterprises Ends Publication of Six Books Over Racial Stereotypes

From the Right
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If, in 1987, the editorial boards of the major newspapers learned that a fanatical cult of angry moral scolds, representing a small sliver of the population, was successfully campaigning to remove books from the public eye with the not-so-subtle encouragement of the president and his political allies, they would have been outraged. In fact, liberal pundits were outraged — by far-less disturbing developments than these — and in the Nineties, they were re-enraged by suggestions that even the most deliberately offensive art should not enjoy a public subsidy, nor scarce...

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From the Right
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Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known in households across America as Dr. Seuss, just became the latest cancel culture casualty.

If you have kids chances are you have probably found yourself on more than one occasion dressing them up as a character from their favorite Dr. Seuss book and sending them to school to celebrate his birthday.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday coincides with Read Across America Day, which was by design when it was founded by the National Education Association more than 20 years ago.

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From the Left
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Conservative media turned 2021’s National Read Across America Day into an epic culture war meltdown.

On Tuesday morning and into the afternoon, programming on Fox News and Fox Business ceaselessly harped upon the purported “cancellation” of legendary children’s author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, as the latest example of woke liberalism run amok — conveniently ignoring the fact that Dr. Seuss has not, in fact, been canceled.

“The cancel culture is canceling Dr. Seuss,” lamented Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, adding later, “It’s out of control.”

“People...

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