Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy has announced it will stop publishing six of the author's books due to racist and insensitive images.
"These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday on March 2. Working with a panel of experts to review their catalogue of titles, they made the decision to stop publishing these books last year.
The delisted titles include:
- 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
'The Cat in the Hat,' one of Seuss’s most popular books, has also received criticism but will continue to be published for now.
Dr. Seuss is adored by millions worldwide for the positive values in many of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance, however in recent years, many of his beloved books have drawn criticism for the way they depict Blacks, Asians and others.
Today, the author remains popular, earning an estimated $33 million before taxes in 2020, up from just $9.5 million five years ago. Forbes listed him No. 2 on its highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises has indicated: "we are committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio." They went on to say: "Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan is to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises's catalog represents and supports all communities and families."