Attempts to tear apart cultural artifacts and replace them with a culture imbuing a “higher” level of understanding – one that empowers leftist theorists – is evident in the Woke movement. One of the latest targets are the popular children’s author, Theodor Seuss Geisel – Dr. Seuss. The threat posed by Seuss in part may be the level of his success.
In America, Seuss became a cultural anchor point for hundreds of millions of children, and by tainting Seuss, his legacy, and people’s memories of him with accusations of racism and “harm,” that shared cultural anchor can be abolished. More room will be available to advance a new agenda, where texts are “decolonized” and written with an emphasis towards swaying adults and children into the type of thinking associated with Critical Theory, and anti-racism.
As of last week, six Dr. Seuss 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 -will no longer be published over “hurtful and wrong imagery.” President Biden also left out mention of Dr. Seuss from Read Across America Day. Commentators have correctly stated that the decision to stop publishing the above six books came from Dr. Seuss’ estate, but they underplay the extent to which it has resulted from years-long activism against Seuss’, and especially the affiliation between Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day, which was previously heavy with Seuss imagery since it takes place on Seuss’ birthday.