New Study Claims Dr. Seuss And His Books Are Racist

Via The College Fix,

His work included overwhelmingly white characters, study says

Dr. Seuss is generally known as a beloved author of children’s books. His works have spawned numerous spin-offs, movies and television shows. His plots have been praised as highlighting the absurdity of human nature and calling on people to be better versions of themselves.

But a study published this month claims his work is racist, and it joins a growing chorus of voices deeming the iconic author problematic.

The study is titled “The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss’s Children’s Books.”

It is co-authored by Katie Ishizuka of the The Conscious Kid Library and Ramón Stephens, a PhD student in education at the University of California, San Diego. They describe themselves as “critical race scholar-activists.”

The two interpreted the late author’s works as “dehumanizing and degrading” to “Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and people from other marginalized groups (including Jewish people and Muslims),” largely because non-white characters were illustrated in stereotypical fashions, they argued.

They also claimed the books included “white savior” heroes as well as dehumanized characters of color. The study found Seuss (whose real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel) published “anti-Black and anti-Semitic cartoons” and “sexist depictions of women.”

Seuss, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, also controversially showed support for the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II.

The study addresses that by noting:

Horton Hears a Who! is one of Dr. Seuss’ books widely cited as promoting tolerance. Several Seuss scholars infer that the Whos symbolize the Japanese and that the book is an apology for his anti-Japanese WWII propaganda. Dartmouth professor and Seuss biographer Donald Pease calls Horton Hears A Who! ‘an explicit act of recantation of the caricatures of the Japanese that he had constructed’… However, Seuss never issued an actual, explicit, or direct apology or recantation of his anti-Japanese propaganda or the calls he made to ‘kill Japs!’

The study also found that Seuss’s work on children’s stories was problematic because he did not sufficiently represent people of color. Only 2 percent of Seuss’s characters were people of color, it states, continuing:

White supremacy is seen through the centering of Whiteness and White characters, who comprise 98% (2,195 characters) of all characters. Notably, every character of color is male. Males of color are only presented in subservient, exotified, or dehumanized roles. This also remains true in their relation to White characters. Most startling is the complete invisibility and absence of women and girls of color across Seuss’ entire children’s book collection.

It may be only a matter of time before reading works like “The Cat in the Hat” and “The Sneetches” to children is no longer acceptable.

Read the full study here…

H/t: NPR.

New Study Claims Dr. Seuss And His Books Are Racist <body> <h1> Array ( [0] => bew study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [1] => mew study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [2] => jew study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [3] => hew study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [4] => nww study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [5] => nsw study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [6] => ndw study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [7] => nrw study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [8] => n4w study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [9] => n3w study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [10] => neq study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [11] => nea study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [12] => nes study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [13] => nee study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [14] => ne3 study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [15] => ne2 study claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [16] => new atudy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [17] => new ztudy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [18] => new xtudy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [19] => new dtudy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [20] => new etudy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [21] => new wtudy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [22] => new srudy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [23] => new sfudy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [24] => new sgudy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [25] => new syudy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [26] => new s6udy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [27] => new s5udy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [28] => new stydy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [29] => new sthdy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [30] => new stjdy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [31] => new stidy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [32] => new st8dy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [33] => new st7dy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [34] => new stusy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [35] => new stuxy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [36] => new stucy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [37] => new stufy claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [38] => new stury claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [39] => new stuey claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [40] => new studt claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [41] => new studg claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [42] => new studh claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [43] => new studu claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [44] => new stud7 claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [45] => new stud6 claims dr. seuss and his books are racist [46] => new study xlaims dr. seuss and his books are racist [47] => new study vlaims dr. seuss and his books are racist [48] => new study flaims dr. seuss and his books are racist [49] => new study dlaims dr. seuss and his books are racist [50] => new study ckaims dr. seuss and his books are racist [51] => new study cpaims dr. seuss and his books are racist [52] => new study coaims dr. seuss and his books are racist [53] => new study clzims dr. seuss and his books are racist [54] => new study clsims dr. seuss and his books are racist [55] => new study clwims dr. seuss and his books are racist [56] => new study clqims dr. seuss and his books are racist [57] => new study claums dr. seuss and his books are racist [58] => new study clajms dr. seuss and his books are racist [59] => new study clakms dr. seuss and his books are racist [60] => new study claoms dr. seuss and his books are racist [61] => new study cla9ms dr. seuss and his books are racist [62] => new study cla8ms dr. seuss and his books are racist [63] => new study clains dr. seuss and his books are racist [64] => new study claiks dr. seuss and his books are racist [65] => new study claijs dr. seuss and his books are racist [66] => new study claima dr. seuss and his books are racist [67] => new study claimz dr. seuss and his books are racist [68] => new study claimx dr. seuss and his books are racist [69] => new study claimd dr. seuss and his books are racist [70] => new study claime dr. seuss and his books are racist [71] => new study claimw dr. seuss and his books are racist [72] => new study claims sr. seuss and his books are racist [73] => new study claims xr. seuss and his books are racist [74] => new study claims cr. seuss and his books are racist [75] => new study claims fr. seuss and his books are racist [76] => new study claims rr. seuss and his books are racist [77] => new study claims er. seuss and his books are racist [78] => new study claims de. seuss and his books are racist [79] => new study claims dd. seuss and his books are racist [80] => new study claims df. seuss and his books are racist [81] => new study claims dt. seuss and his books are racist [82] => new study claims d5. seuss and his books are racist [83] => new study claims d4. seuss and his books are racist [84] => new study claims dr, seuss and his books are racist [85] => new study claims drl seuss and his books are racist [86] => new study claims dr; seuss and his books are racist [87] => new study claims dr/ seuss and his books are racist [88] => new study claims dr. aeuss and his books are racist [89] => new study claims dr. zeuss and his books are racist [90] => new study claims dr. xeuss and his books are racist [91] => new study claims dr. deuss and his books are racist [92] => new study claims dr. eeuss and his books are racist [93] => new study claims dr. weuss and his books are racist [94] => new study claims dr. swuss and his books are racist [95] => new study claims dr. ssuss and his books are racist [96] => new study claims dr. sduss and his books are racist [97] => new study claims dr. sruss and his books are racist [98] => new study claims dr. s4uss and his books are racist [99] => new study claims dr. s3uss and his books are racist [100] => new study claims dr. seyss and his books are racist [101] => new study claims dr. sehss and his books are racist [102] => new study claims dr. sejss and his books are racist [103] => new study claims dr. seiss and his books are racist [104] => new study claims dr. se8ss and his books are racist [105] => new study claims dr. se7ss and his books are racist [106] => new study claims dr. seuas and his books are racist [107] => new study claims dr. seuzs and his books are racist [108] => new study claims dr. seuxs and his books are racist [109] => new study claims dr. seuds and his books are racist [110] => new study claims dr. seues and his books are racist [111] => new study claims dr. seuws and his books are racist [112] => new study claims dr. seusa and his books are racist [113] => new study claims dr. seusz and his books are racist [114] => new study claims dr. seusx and his books are racist [115] => new study claims dr. seusd and his books are racist [116] => new study claims dr. seuse and his books are racist [117] => new study claims dr. seusw and his books are racist [118] => new study claims dr. seuss znd his books are racist [119] => new study claims dr. seuss snd his books are racist [120] => new study claims dr. seuss wnd his books are racist [121] => new study claims dr. seuss qnd his books are racist [122] => new study claims dr. seuss abd his books are racist [123] => new study claims dr. seuss amd his books are racist [124] => new study claims dr. seuss ajd his books are racist [125] => new study claims dr. seuss ahd his books are racist [126] => new study claims dr. seuss ans his books are racist [127] => new study claims dr. seuss anx his books are racist [128] => new study claims dr. seuss anc his books are racist [129] => new study claims dr. seuss anf his books are racist [130] => new study claims dr. seuss anr his books are racist [131] => new study claims dr. seuss ane his books are racist [132] => new study claims dr. seuss and gis books are racist [133] => new study claims dr. seuss and bis books are racist [134] => new study claims dr. seuss and nis books are racist [135] => new study claims dr. seuss and jis books are racist [136] => new study claims dr. seuss and uis books are racist [137] => new study claims dr. seuss and yis books are racist [138] => new study claims dr. seuss and hus books are racist [139] => new study claims dr. seuss and hjs books are racist [140] => new study claims dr. seuss and hks books are racist [141] => new study claims dr. seuss and hos books are racist [142] => new study claims dr. seuss and h9s books are racist [143] => new study claims dr. seuss and h8s books are racist [144] => new study claims dr. seuss and hia books are racist [145] => new study claims dr. seuss and hiz books are racist [146] => new study claims dr. seuss and hix books are racist [147] => new study claims dr. seuss and hid books are racist [148] => new study claims dr. seuss and hie books are racist [149] => new study claims dr. seuss and hiw books are racist [150] => new study claims dr. seuss and his vooks are racist [151] => new study claims dr. seuss and his nooks are racist [152] => new study claims dr. seuss and his hooks are racist [153] => new study claims dr. seuss and his gooks are racist [154] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bioks are racist [155] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bkoks are racist [156] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bloks are racist [157] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bpoks are racist [158] => new study claims dr. seuss and his b0oks are racist [159] => new study claims dr. seuss and his b9oks are racist [160] => new study claims dr. seuss and his boiks are racist [161] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bokks are racist [162] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bolks are racist [163] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bopks are racist [164] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bo0ks are racist [165] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bo9ks are racist [166] => new study claims dr. seuss and his boojs are racist [167] => new study claims dr. seuss and his booms are racist [168] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bools are racist [169] => new study claims dr. seuss and his booos are racist [170] => new study claims dr. seuss and his boois are racist [171] => new study claims dr. seuss and his booka are racist [172] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bookz are racist [173] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bookx are racist [174] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bookd are racist [175] => new study claims dr. seuss and his booke are racist [176] => new study claims dr. seuss and his bookw are racist [177] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books zre racist [178] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books sre racist [179] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books wre racist [180] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books qre racist [181] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books aee racist [182] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books ade racist [183] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books afe racist [184] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books ate racist [185] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books a5e racist [186] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books a4e racist [187] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books arw racist [188] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books ars racist [189] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books ard racist [190] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books arr racist [191] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books ar4 racist [192] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books ar3 racist [193] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are eacist [194] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are dacist [195] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are facist [196] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are tacist [197] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are 5acist [198] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are 4acist [199] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are rzcist [200] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are rscist [201] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are rwcist [202] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are rqcist [203] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are raxist [204] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are ravist [205] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are rafist [206] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are radist [207] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racust [208] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racjst [209] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are rackst [210] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racost [211] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are rac9st [212] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are rac8st [213] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are raciat [214] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racizt [215] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racixt [216] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racidt [217] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are raciet [218] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are raciwt [219] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racisr [220] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racisf [221] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racisg [222] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racisy [223] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racis6 [224] => new study claims dr. seuss and his books are racis5 ) </h1> </body>