Virginia School District Says Dr. Seuss Books Have “Strong Racial Undertones”
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UPDATE: Loudoun County Public Schools says Dr. Seuss books have strong racial overtones, but they have not banned his books. Following is a news release from the school district:
Dr. Seuss books have not been banned in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS). LCPS believes this rumor started because March 2 is “Read Across America Day.” Schools in LCPS, and across the country, have historically connected Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Examples include anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale captioned with offensive language. Given this research, and LCPS’ focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. We continue to encourage our young readers to read all types of books that are inclusive, diverse and reflective of our student community, not simply celebrate Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss books have not been banned and are available to students in our libraries and classrooms, however, Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of Read Across America Day in Loudoun County Public Schools.While many schools are promoting books that teach kindergartners about a blue crayon becoming a red one as a metaphor for transgenders, Dr. Seuss is now being cancelled by leftist educators.
Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel is known for his imaginative and charming children’s books. His works has been a staple in classrooms and households for decades.
For over 20 years, the National Education Association has honored Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2.
Well, Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia has canceled the beloved children’s author, the Daily Wire reports.
This year’s theme for Read Across America Day on March 2 is “Create and Celebrate Diversity.” Ironically, they’re censoring Dr. Seuss.
The Daily Wire obtained a statement from the Loudoun County Public Schools, they said the following:
“Realizing that many schools continue to celebrate ‘Read Across America Day’ in partial recognition of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it is important for us to be cognizant of research that may challenge our practice in this regard,” the announcement reads. “As we become more culturally responsive and racially conscious, all building leaders should know that in recent years there has been research revealing radical undertones in the books written and the illustrations drawn by Dr. Seuss.”
These attacks on Dr. Seuss aren’t new, either. A couple of years ago a group Learning for Justice published an article “It’s Time to Talk About Dr. Seuss.”
They said in the article “Biographers, scholars and historians have always recognized the racist, Orientalist ideas in Geisel’s early work; they’re impossible to miss.”
I didn’t know Green Eggs and Ham had “racial undertones.” Parents, I’d suggest buying up any classic books while you can. It’s obvious that no one, not even a Who, is safe from cancel culture.