Dr. Seuss Canceled. Have You Said Something Online That You Now Regret?
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Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published.
As our world evolves and not only embraces but celebrates all communities and races, there have been many news headlines lately that expose people’s anti-Semitism and racist past remarks and actions either online or in published works. Today’s news establishes yet another example of how past actions can come back to haunt you: Six Dr. Seuss books will not be published due to their racist and hurtful remarks and innuendos. The books are:
- "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street"
- "If I Ran the Zoo"
- "McElligot's Pool"
- "On Beyond Zebra!"
- "Scrambled Eggs Super!"
- "The Cat's Quizzer"
Seuss Enterprises expressed in a statement that they decided to no longer publish these books as a commitment to make certain their catalog “represents and supports all communities and families.”
Theodore Seuss Geisel, author of these books and several other world-wide famous children’s books including “The Cat and the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, has been scrutinized in recent years for his other past works throughout the mid-1900’s.
When he was in college at Dartmouth, for example, he wrote pieces that suggested Jewish people were stingy and portrayed Black boxers as gorillas.
Your words matter.
Social media is still considered a “new” tool that gives everyone the chance to exercise their right to freedom of speech if they choose to, which can be both empowering and dangerous. Consider this: You might have a completely different opinion and perspective of life than you did five, six, seven years ago. Unfortunately though, just because you think differently now doesn’t mean those words aren’t published online for the world to see.
This is a reminder that what you say matters. Your words can hurt people, and you can hurt yourself by damaging your reputation. Always think before you post and consider going through your old posts to ensure they align with your present-day values.
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