On what would have been Dr. Seuss 116th birthday, the company responsible for preserving his work and legacy has announced that they will be pulling 6 Dr. Seuss books from shelves, citing racist imagery.
The books that will be pulled are the following:
- And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street
- If I Ran the Zoo
- McElligot’s Pool
- On Beyond Zebra!
- Scrambled Eggs Super!
- The Cat’s Quizer
The decision was made last year according to Dr. Seuss Enterprises. In a statement to the Associated Press, the company stated: “these books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” They also went on to say “ceasing the 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.”
Although many people were angry at the decision, many supported the decision as well. Another question that came up with this topic was how libraries should handle the removal of the books, and what they should do with them.
Should more companies/initiatives take steps to recognize their troubled histories, and take steps to correct them? How could this foster business in a global economy?
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7 thoughts on “6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images”
I do believe companies should take more initiative to recognize their troubled histories. If so, they wouldn’t have to go through being bashed on social media then apologizing and losing customers. This could foster business by ensuring that all companies are being respectful to all races and cultures.
I believe that companies should take steps to recognize and take steps to correct their troubled histories simply so they can avoid backlash in social media and other things because back lash can lead to decrease in sales which would hurt the company.
I do think that companies should take more time to go back and recognize there past that may look bad now, as if they do it will just cause a lot of problems to not happen in the future so why not do it, as it wont hurt. For example now that those Dr. Seuss books are not being sold anymore they wont have to worry about it coming back to bite them in the future so they can just keep it moving as a company. If more companies do this it will also help them get more customers as people will start to support companies that acknowledged that they had a bad past but are not about that anymore.
More companies should be taking more initiative to recognize troubles histories because a lot of racist stuff that people got away with years ago is not going to fly these days, especially with race being a very sensitive subject in 2021. This could foster business by showing consumers that companies are at least aware of what is going on in the world and they are actually trying to do something about it.
I support the decision to remove the books that can be found racist or offensive. Its the 21st century and it shouldn’t be books that have offensive pictures or words. It’s time we make a change in the world for the better. I find it very surprising that Dr. Seuss is the 2nd most paid dead person in 2020. For these to be children books, it is exposing them to early stereotypes.
I think that companies should take steps to correct any of their bad history because we are in different times and people now a days take things personally and have no problem speaking up about it. I think that this would foster in global companies by showing the people that these companies are aware of their wrongs and are doing something to change for it.
I respect and fully support the decision of not releasing those books, we are in a day in age where we are trying to get rid of all discrimination and releasing those books would most likely offend and go against minorities. Kids should not grow up and be taught stereotypes. I believe that they did the right thing and more companies should try and correct faults as well.