Six Dr. Seuss Books Say Goodbye


Liz Nelson, staff

Many have read at least one of Dr. Seuss’s books in their childhood, but few remember any racism. May 2, this famous author’s birthday, has been a day about getting youth into reading books, but this year was different. The company publishing the books has shelved 6 of them, explaining that they display insensitive and racist images. It seems hard to believe, but indeed, “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.” has stopped being published. To name some examples, in “A cat’s Quizzer” a Japanese person is referred to as “a Japanese” and appears with a bright yellow grinning face on top of a mountain. This is not the only case of racist images, in “If I Ran the Zoo” a white man talks about having a colored man wearing a turban in his zoo. The company got rid of these books to send a message of unity and equality and explained that the pictures were wrong and hurtful. Often men with color were displayed in dehumanizing roles, and while they understand that was “of the time”, in fact, Dr. Suess first began publishing in 1937 but times have changed, and those at the publishing company find it completely inappropriate for children to see and read about.