Dr. Seuss has long been considered one of the world’s most influential children’s writers. And his lessons weren’t so bad for grown-ups either.
But now, in this WOKE culture of political correctness, six of his books are being pulled from publication.
On the top of the list is the Seuss classic “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.” Apparently this book is trash because of the depiction of a Chinese boy who eats with sticks.
If you haven’t read it, or seen the illustrations, here you go:
The Chinese boy appears around 5:28.
Sadly, leftists censorship once again fails to take into context the story as it related to society in the years it was first written and published.
The world was a different place. But Seuss didn’t encourage racism. Quite the opposite. He made everyone someone to appreciate.
Ironically, today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. A day that schools have spent decades celebrating. But now that leftism is taking over, the celebration’s off and the books are slated to disappear. Sadly, Mulberry Street isn’t the only publication on the chopping block.
As NBC reports:
Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday.
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.
“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.
The other books affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
I must say that I’m a long time fan of Dr. Seuss. I read his books when I was little. Then I read them to children when I was old enough to babysit. And you can bet your buttons that when I first learned I would soon be a mother, a Dr. Seuss set was on top of the nursery list.
There are so many life lessons that come with his writing. For example, Horton Hatches an Egg teaches loyalty. “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant…an elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent!”
And what about the Sneetches? In the story, some Sneetches get stars to prove they are superior. And when everyone can get a star, well then it takes two stars to stand out. There are so many lessons in this story, but at the end of the day, it’s equality that we learn. The Sneetches are forced to learn to treat one another with dignity and respect.
“I’m quite happy to say that the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day, the day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches and no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.”
What child can’t benefit from learning that no matter how different we are, we’re really all the same. And we all deserve to be treated kindly.
Right now, my grand-daughter refuses to eat anything other than chicken nuggets and pizza. And we’re trying to encourage her to branch out. To try new things. Sort of like Dr. Seuss says in Green Eggs and Ham.
“‘I do not like green eggs and ham! I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.’
‘You do not like them, so you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say.’”
Of course, I saved the best for last.
What could be more important that believing in yourself? Life is about the ups and downs, and following your dreams. This story is perfect for anyone- whether you’re headed to junior high or college, a new job, or a new city. We have the power to steer our own course in this life. And if you don’t believe me, believe Dr. Seuss because he spent his entire life encouraging us.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Have we forgotten that our culture evolved over a long period of time? But that doesn’t make the contributions of those who came before us any less significant. We must judge man by the world around him.
Back to Mulberry Street. If the Chinese boy holding chopsticks is such a racial slur, why not make that part of the lesson? We can’t scrub every inappropriate song, image, video, movie, or action from the world we raise our children in.
Instead, we have to identify offenses and debate their degree of insult. Otherwise, we fail to develop the kind of critical thinking imperative to making the world go ’round. It’s time to stop getting offended. More over, we have to stop letting the sissified offended segment of society rule the world.
As Dr. Seuss would put it: “They say I’m old fashioned and I live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast.” Or shall we say “too far left?”