Dr. Seuss gets shelved

Personally Dr. Seuss was one of my favorite authors as a young child and I still remember his books fondly to this day.

Personally Dr. Seuss was one of my favorite authors as a young child and I still remember his books fondly to this day.

Jacob Reiter, Staff Writer

As of Tuesday, March 2 six of Dr. Seuss’ books will no longer be published due to them containing “racist and insensitive imagery.” On top of this, it was declared by President Biden that Dr. Seuss will be omitted from Read Across America Day. Upon reviewing the books, Dr. Seuss Enterprises determined that “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!” and several others were not suitable to be sold anymore. Many people are upset about this development as Dr. Seuss is one of the most popular children’s book authors in the world. Many of his books typically teach lessons about having compassion for others or to follow the rules, but his works were not always this child friendly. Seeing as how he was born in 1904 and was around to witness the unfolding of the second World War, Seuss was a political cartoonist who was very anti-government. He believed that the war was fought on unjust grounds and that the government was trying to take away personal freedoms in the chaos. I personally believe that while these books do have racist imagery, in order to actually notice you must be actively looking for it. Many people would not notice the mild racial undertones of some of his works seeing as how the obvious lesson to be learned is to be kind to others. Overall the omission of Seuss from Read Across America Day, the holiday originally reserved as Dr. Seuss Day, seems to be something many people are outraged over. However, it seems that the six books that have been pulled from shelves won’t be returning any time soon.