In March 2021, there was a significant uproar around the cessation of the publication of certain books authored by Dr. Seuss due to insensitive representations of race in the images and words used.
This decision, made by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, brought about strong feelings and emotions.
Book sales that week, however, took flight.
“Copies of the beloved children’s author’s most popular books were virtually flying out of Amazon and Barnes and Noble’s warehouses…” ~Fox News
For many, their love of Dr. Seuss, the nostalgia of their childhood, and the joy the books bring to their children fueled their anger over this decision – believing that the removal of these books from shelves and circulation represents the “cancel culture” challenges we certainly have in our country.
For others, the recognition of these unfavorable portrayals of people of color within the pages of the books felt like a step forward, as well as another reminder of the pain they continue to endure in an oppressive society.
Is there a right side to this?
Is there a wrong side to this?
Is there middle ground we need to find?
In this episode, we’re exploring the Dr. Seuss conversation as it relates to the decision to no longer publish the books “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer,” sharing our feelings and thoughts around what happened, and as always, making room for what it could look like if Christ-likeness were to prevail over it all.
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