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I Will Not Let My Views By Shook, So We Must Keep That Racist Book

March 5, 2021

The Trumpists on the right, who bemoan the so called “cancel culture”, are having a field day excoriating the publishers of Dr. Seuss books for their decision to stop the publication of six of his books because they include racist characters. These are the same culture warriors who deny the existence of systemic racism and believe that the election was stolen because of voting fraud that was centered in urban areas populated mostly by people of color.

For those who hold those beliefs, I urge the reading of “Six Dr. Seuss Books Bore a Bias“, Charles Blow’s column that appeared in yesterday’s NYTimes. The column points out how our nation’s children of color learn of their supposed inferiority at early age, an inferiority that is drilled into them through the lessons taught in school, the commercials and shows they view on television, and messages they repeatedly receive in subtle ways through the books like those of Dr. Seuss that unwittingly reinforce it. I agree wholeheartedly with the conclusion Mr. Blow draws:

So, this week when the company that controls the Dr. Seuss booksannounced that they would no longer publish six of the books because of racist and insensitive imagery, saying “these books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” I cheered as some bemoaned another victim of so-called “cancel culture.”

Racism must be exorcised from culture, including, or maybe especially, from children’s culture. Teaching a child to hate or be ashamed of themselves is a sin against their innocence and a weight against their possibilities.

Just as we should change formulas for funding schools to compensate for the lack of funding provided locally, we must also compensate for the negativity these children are expected to absorb from our cultural artifacts.

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