Did you know that The Cat in the Hat is politically incorrect? That Green Eggs and Ham offends Social Justice Warriors? That One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish should be dead fish because they’re racist?
Funny, I never saw Dr. Seuss’ characters as promoting anti black, anti Hispanic or anti Asian memes. I never knew the cat in the hat was a bigoted white supremacist, but evidently he is.
At least according to a Cambridge, Mass., elementary school librarian.
First Lady Melania Trump sent the school some copies of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! One Fish, Two Fish, etc. and Green Eggs and Ham. She was told this is “racist propaganda” and the books were rejected.
The librarian at the school wrote:
“My students were interested in reading your enclosed letter and impressed with the beautiful bookplates with your name and the indelible White House stamp, however, we will not be keeping the titles for our collection. I’d like to respectfully offer my explanation…
“… a fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes. Open one of his books (If I Ran a Zoo or And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, for example), and you’ll see the racist mockery in his art. Grace Hwang Lynch’s School Library Journal article, ‘Is the Cat in the Hat Racist? Read Across America Shifts Away from Dr. Seuss and Toward Diverse Books,’ reports on Katie Ishizuka’s work analyzing the minstrel characteristics and trope nature of Seuss’s characters. Scholar Philip Nel’s new book, Was the Cat in the Hat Black? The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books, further explores and shines a spotlight on the systemic racism and oppression in education and literature.
“I am honored that you recognized my students and our school. I can think of no better gift for children than books; it was a wonderful gesture, if one that could have been better thought out. Books can be a powerful way to learn about and experience the world around us; they help build empathy and understanding. In return, I’m attaching a list of ten books (it’s the librarian in me) that I hope will offer you a window into the lives of the many children affected by the policies of your husband’s administration.”
Guess she didn’t know that Barack Obama said of Green Eggs and Ham that, “This is one of the classics, a great book.” Or see this:
Keep it up, Social Justice Warriors. You ruin everything. Ever think that you’re the ones with the racism and suspicious minds?