Is that a wocket in your pocket or are you just upset about the harmful racist stereotypes that have been perpetuated in the Americas by White writers for the past 500 hundred plus years?
You are not alone. This year, in a show of solidarity, Dr Seuss Enterprises which represents the estate of beloved children's author Dr Seuss, will discontinue publication of six books due to their insensitive portrayals of Black and Asian people.
The estate which owns the intellectual property rights for these books decided to take this step. This wasn't a publisher decision.
Basically, Dr Seuss banned their own books which they announced on social media.
And conservatives have already begun melting down over Dr Seuss' decision about what to do with their own intellectual property.
So much for free enterprise...
A Fox News reporter asked Jen Psaki today about why Biden didn't mention Dr. Seuss in his statement about Read Acro… https://t.co/Ffb9VpDh8w— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1614714838.0
Today's Woke cancel mob is *far* more racist than Dr. Seuss will ever be.🔻 https://t.co/aNGl9CHvCP— Kyle Becker (@Kyle Becker) 1614728062.0
BRB buying all the Dr. Seuss volumes for the kids before the woke book burners can get to them all— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro) 1614694828.0
Mr. Potato Head is gender neutral, Dr. Seuss is cancelled, and Amazon is banning books. This is what a Democrat majority looks like.— Congressman Greg Steube (@Congressman Greg Steube) 1614718419.0
I’m find myself in possession of two boxes of plastic straws and the whole Dr Seuss collection in hardcover. I await my imminent arrest.— Sara (@Sara) 1614722572.0
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulbery Street, If I Ran The Zoo, McElligot's Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super! and The Cat's Quizzer are the six books that will not be re-entering circulation.
NPR outlined some of the problems with the books in question:
"In And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, for example, a character described as Chinese has two lines for eyes, carries chopsticks and a bowl of rice, and wears traditional Japanese-style shoes. In If I Ran the Zoo, two men said to be from Africa are shown shirtless, shoeless and wearing grass skirts as they carry an exotic animal."
You think they're mad now? Wait till they find Dr. Seuss's political cartoons from WWII.— Benny (@Benny) 1614726574.0
Imagine being so offended by children's books that have been around for decades you have to ban them. #DrSeuss https://t.co/gxU2nfX7rA— Svetlana Wolf (@Svetlana Wolf) 1614725755.0
Gonna make a killing selling my kid’s Dr Seuss collection on the black market— Matt Walsh (@Matt Walsh) 1614724289.0
First they came for Dr Seuss. And I said nothing. Not on a boat. Not with a goat. Not in the rain. Not on a t… https://t.co/YaJ3GOxKrI— ian bremmer (@ian bremmer) 1614725270.0
Dr. Seuss *himself* would later say he was ashamed of these drawings. It's his own estate that is making the decis… https://t.co/FcN6a0Q4xf— Matthew Chapman (@Matthew Chapman) 1614720789.0
"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," said Dr Seuss Enterprises in a statement about the books.
"These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong....Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles."
Always cute when people like Cruz and Shapiro whine about canceling Sesame Street or Dr. Seuss considering the mess… https://t.co/x0YbJU4Il6— Cody Johnston (@Cody Johnston) 1614715193.0
I don't follow Ted Cruz but I've been alerted that he's been tweeting about Dr. Seuss all day, because of course he has— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1614723988.0
Dr. Seuss is the top story on Fox News today. They're still talking about it. It's absolutely insane. https://t.co/SkY0tQ014H— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1614714963.0
House Democrats just passed a $1.9 trillion relief package for Americans, which includes stimulus checks, unemploym… https://t.co/ercjipBQ5E— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1614715330.0
As a political cartoonist, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr Seuss' full real name) was highly critical of the WWII era "America First" movement, likening it to the Nazi party in Germany.
He also acknowledged the racism in his own illustrations which were on par with others from the era they were drawn, but were still racist imagery then and now.
So the fact the "America First" contemporary conservatives are being so defensive of Seuss' work, despite his enterprise's wishes, is irony at its finest.