Dr. Seuss books shouldn’t stop publication (Opinion)

Beloved Dr. Seuss books are not being published because of racial imagery, but that doesn’t mean we should “cancel” Dr Suess.


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Dr. Suess has been a memorable part of most children’s lives.

Chloe Patterson, Writer

As we all know by now, children’s book author Dr. Seuss has recently been “canceled”.

Seuss has written over 60 books, and over 70 million copies have been published. 

Thousands of children around the world have grown up reading Dr. Seuss books. When I was younger, I wanted to explore the world and see new things because of his book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”. 

Granted, only six of his titles have stopped being published, but those six books were published back when Suess was just becoming famous for his writings. He started writing children’s books in 1937, and during that time, segregation was a big issue. 

His first published book, “And to think I saw it on Mulberry street” was one of the six books that are not being published anymore. This book was also the most problematic because it showed depictions of an Asian man with slanted lines for eyes and carrying a bowl of rice. 

Now, when this book was published, racial stereotypes were a more common occurrence, especially in children’s books, than they are today. 

When I was younger, Dr. Suess books were the first books I started to read. I did not know what racial stereotypes were when I was little, so I was not aware that some of the illustrations in his books could be racist. 

Seuss wrote children’s books to make kids happy, and show them that anything is possible. He was an inspirational man to many people, and I don’t think “canceling” the six books was necessary. 

Seuss’s books have made an incredible impact on people around the world. Even though his books may have shown racist illustrations, they are still a piece of my childhood and many other children’s childhoods. 

We should continue publishing his books, and we should keep his story alive.