Note that the politically correct activists have a New Cancellation Target, Dr. Seuss.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the Cat in the Hat to the White House in 2015. Six years later, Dr. Seuss is increasingly unwelcome at public schools in the nation’s capital.
What changed? Not Dr. Seuss. Blame our present fixation on judging revered historical figures by their worst sins rather than their best contributions.
A report asked “Is the Cat in the Hat Racist?”
The Journal commented that some of Seuss’s early works were indeed racist. Seuss Enterprises admits as such: “These racially stereotypical drawings were hurtful then and are still hurtful today,” it acknowledges in an online essay titled “Dr. Seuss Use of Racist Images.”
The Other Side
Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created thousands of cartoons, illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and stories over the course of his 70-year career. While the vast majority of the works he produced are positive and inspiring, Ted Geisel also drew a handful of early images, which are disturbing.
By contrast, the much-beloved The Sneetches was written in 1961 just as the Civil Rights Movement was well underway. Ted wrote The Sneetches as a parable about equality. By drawing bird-beings, he transcended the boundaries and pitfalls of using humans as characters, and allowed all readers to relate to the characters as best they could. On March 2, 2016, President Obama agreed with Dr. Seuss telling a group of interns: “Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss. It’s like the Star-Belly Sneetches, you know? We’re all the same, so why would we treat somebody differently just because they don’t have a star on their belly?”
Three of Dr. Seuss’s most well-known later works, Horton Hears a Who!, The Lorax, and The Sneetches, “teach about the importance of inclusion and acceptance of others and yourself.”
Throw it All Away?
Rather than throw it all away as if it never existed, wouldn't it be far better to use the images in a discussion of what's wrong while praising the overwhelming number of books and images in which Dr. Seuss was brilliant?
Dr. Seuss On The Economy
On June 25, 2009, I referenced a Dr. Seuss book in my post called Dr. Seuss On The Economy.
As amazing as this might seem, inquiring minds are reading Thidwick The Big Hearted Moose to see what advice Dr. Seuss might have for President Obama, Treasury Secretary Geithner, and Congress about the economy.
If you have young kids or grandkids, this book is an excellent read and teaches an important lesson about economic freeloaders.
Thidwick the Moose and Economic Freeloaders
The tale begins at Lake Winna-Bango where Thidwick allowed a bug to nest in his antlers. A spider then joined followed by a Zinn-a-zu bird that plucked Thidwick's hair, a woodpecker that drilled holes in his antlers, a fox, bobcat, turtles, and other critters.
Thidwick wanted to cross a lake in search of moose-moss to eat but the critters took a vote on it and said no.
The load got too heavy for Thidwick who when attacked by hunters finally shed his antlers to get rid of the freeloaders.
“You wanted my horns; now you’re quite welcome to ’em! Keep ’em! They’re yours! As of ME, I shall take myself to the far distant side of the lake!” said Thidwick.
It was the creatures and the horns who ended up on the hunter's wall.
"His guests are still on them, all stuffed, as they should be," concluded the book.
I thought of re-posting my image but fearing the Seuss lawyers for again praising their book, I will instead tell you who in 2009 that I had nesting in Thidwick's antlers.
Economic Critters in Thidwick's Antlers as I Saw Them in 2009
- Fractional Reserve Lending
- Barney Frank
- Tim Geithner
- Bank of America
- Countrywide Financial
- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
- Krugman, Mankiw, Pelosi
Those economic freeloaders and/or freeloader supporters are not stuffed on a wall where they should be, metamorphically speaking.