Dr. Seuss Enterprises has announced that they will no longer be publishing or licensing six books due to insensitive and racist images. They said in a statement that the books portrayed people in ways that are wrong and hurtful to this day.
Last year they consulted with a panel of experts and educators which led to the decision that six of Dr. Seuss’ books will no longer be published. On Beyond Zebra, Scrambled Eggs Super, And to Think that I Saw It on Mulberry Street, McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo and The Cat’s Quizzer each featured racially stereotypical drawings.
Mulberry Street featured a character “chinaman” that ran with chopsticks and used to be coloured yellow. In If Ran the Zoo multiple asian characters carried caged animals on their heads and had a drawing of African men only wearing grass skirts.
Dr Seuss came in second on Forbes highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020 as he still earns US$33M before taxes (around $45 Million NZD). The company told Rolling Stones,
“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”
The announcement was given on the same day as Dr Seuss’ birthday anniversary.