Dr. Seuss characters
(Ron Ellis/Shutterstock)

6 Dr. Seuss Children’s Books No Longer Being Published due to Racist and Insensitive Imagery

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that controls the legacy and production of books penned by the beloved children’s author, has announced that six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published due to potentially racist and insensitive imagery.

The impacted titles include And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, which features a crude drawing of an Asian person wearing a cone-shaped hat, holding a bowl and eating with chopsticks, and If I Ran the Zoo, which contains a drawing of two barefoot African men wearing grass skirts with their hair tied above their heads.

McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super! and The Cat’s Quizzer are also being pulled from future publication due to comparably offensive imagery.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in a statement issued to The Associated Press. “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 decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion,” the family company told AP’s Mark Pratt.

Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel was born in 1904 and died in 1991. His books have been translated into numerous languages (including braille) and are sold all around the globe. In 2020, his estate took in an estimated $33 million — more than any other dead celebrity that year after Michael Jackson.

In a statement, Random House Children Books, publisher of the Dr. Seuss catalog, said “We respect the decision of Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the work of the panel that reviewed this content last year, and their recommendation.”

Opponents of the decision took to social media, declaring this news as another example of cancel culture. The remaining stock of the now-discontinued books is quickly becoming top-sellers on most internet bookstores including Amazon and eBay.


Related: For more recent diversity and inclusion news, click here.


Latest News

Caron Nazario

Virginia Police Pull-Over, Threaten, and Pull Gun on Black Army Lieutenant Because They ‘Missed’ New Purchase Paperwork on Truck He Was Driving

In the latest of a seemingly never-ending stream of cases involving police racism and organizational misbehavior, two police officers in Virginia have been accused of threatening a Black Army lieutenant — and pulling a gun on him — during a routine traffic stop involving vehicle identification. David K. Li of…

Georgia voter suppression protests

More Than 100 Corporate CEOs Discuss Ways to Fight Against Georgia Voter Suppression Law

On Saturday, April 10, the CEOs from dozens of the country’s leading corporations came together on Zoom to talk about ways Corporate America can aid in the fight against a number of controversial and racist voter suppression laws that are currently in discussion across the U.S., including the new law…

moon landing

NASA Plans to Land First Person of Color and First Woman on Moon by 2024

The last manned mission to the moon took place in 1972. Forty-nine years after the Apollo program, NASA is once again talking about lunar space exploration — this time, it will have a focus on diversity and inclusion. Ashley Strickland of CNN has reported that NASA’s newly launched space program,…

student in library

Books Focusing on Race, Diversity, and Inclusion Still Labelled as “Inappropriate” for Students in 2020, American Library Association Reports

American culture as a whole experienced a civil rights reawakening throughout 2020. Although there has been a dramatic increase in calls for social justice, representation and inclusion, this progressive movement still has plenty of detractors, especially in the educational space. According to a new report from the American Library Association,…

Tishaura Jones

Tishaura Jones Becomes Mayor of St. Louis, Joins Growing Number of Black Female Mayors Leading a Major American City

More and more Black women are becoming mayors of large American cities. Tishaura Jones has become the latest in a string of recent women candidates advancing to the top of city leadership. With her win on April 6, Jones becomes the first-ever Black woman mayor of St. Louis. Formerly the…

Abraham Lincoln High School

San Francisco School Board Forced to Abandon Controversial Plan to Rename Schools Honoring Historic Figures

The San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education drew nationwide attention earlier this year over its announcement to change the name of 44 schools “named after figures with disputed historical relevance.” And now, following widespread public condemnation and a vote of members, the board has decided it will no…

Park Cannon

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Park Cannon, Georgia Representative Arrested For Protesting State’s New Racist Voter Restriction Laws

Reaction to Georgia’s restrictive and anti-Black voter disenfranchisement policies continues to stir up controversy. Major League Baseball pulled their wildly popular 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta and moved it to Denver to show their disappointment with the decision. Georgia-based companies like Delta and Coca-Cola have also announced their disapproval of…