To honor Dr. Seuss’s birthday for the past 20+ years, ‘Read Across America Day’ has been recognized on March 2nd. The reading recognition day was founded in 1998 by the National Education Association, which happens to be the nation’s largest labor union. As social justice begins to make its way more and more into the mainstream, this year’s theme is “Create and Celebrate Diversity.”
As March 2nd quickly approaches, national educator organization ‘Learning for Justice’ is calling for Dr. Seuss be cancelled. The radical left wing group claims that the Dr. Seuss reading material contains “racial undertones.”
Here’s more from the Daily Wire:
“Loudoun County Public Schools, one of the nation’s most affluent school districts, announced that it will no longer recognize Dr. Seuss on his birthday. In an announcement obtained by The Daily Wire, the school district said that Dr. Suess’s children’s books contain “racial undertones” that are not suitable for “culturally responsive” learning.
The school district’s announcement read: “Realizing that many schools continue to celebrate ‘Read Across America Day’ in partial recognition of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it is important for us to be cognizant of research that may challenge our practice in this regard,” and it continues “As we become more culturally responsive and racially conscious, all building leaders should know that in recent years there has been research revealing radical undertones in the books written and the illustrations drawn by Dr. Seuss.”
The leftist education organization was previously known as “Teaching Tolerance,” which has promoted left-wing views on teaching “social justice” and “racial justice” to students as young as 5 years old.
In a magazine article titled “It’s time to talk about Dr. Seuss,” the organization claims that Dr. Seuss’s children literature is filled with “orientalism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy.”
“Of the 2,240 (identified) human characters, there are 45 of color representing two percent of the total number of human characters,” the study reads. Of the 45 characters of color, 43 “exhibited behaviors and appearances that align with harmful and stereotypical Orientalist tropes,” they claim.
They also allege that the non-white characters are men and “subservient” to the white characters in the book; that they are presented as “exotified, or dehumanized.”
Learning for Justice claims that anyone who defends Dr. Seuss’s problematic work is a racial “apologist” and is making excuses for why “bigotry doesn’t matter.”
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Author: Elizabeth Rogliani