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Joe Biden Omits Dr. Seuss from ‘Read Across America’


Mar 2, 2021

President Biden omitted any reference to Dr. Seuss during his “Read Across America Day” proclamation, which takes place on the famed author’s birthday, amid ongoing criticism that his children’s books perpetuate racial stereotypes.

Unlike his predecessors, former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, Mr. Biden left the late Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel, out of his proclamation declaring March 2 “Read Across America Day,” and calling for all children, families, educators, librarians, and public officials to “observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.”

The National Educational Association launched Read Across America Day in 1998 as a way to promote children’s reading, and it always coincided with Dr. Seuss‘ birthday. In recent years, however, the NEA has attempted to separate the celebration from the author since its contract with Dr. Seuss Enterprises ended in 2018, USA Today reported.

The author’s works faced criticism after a study from the Conscious Kid’s Library and the University of California, San Diego, in 2019 found a lack of diversity in his children’s books.

“Of the forty-five characters of color” in those books, the study said, “forty-three are identified as having characteristics aligning with the definition of Orientalism. Within the Orientalist definition, fourteen people are identified by stereotypical East Asian characteristics and twenty-nine characters are wearing turbans.”

“Only two of the forty-five characters are identified in the text as “African” and both align with the theme of anti-Blackness,” the study said. “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.”

Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced Tuesday that it would stop printing six books, including “If I Ran the Zoo” and “McElligot’s Pool,” because of racist and insensitive imagery.

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5 thoughts on “Joe Biden Omits Dr. Seuss from ‘Read Across America’”
  1. This is the most ridiculous story
    I have ever read. When is the craziness going to stop. He is a joke

  2. Coz I still love you Doc I was just wondering….
    (Jamaican rhythm)
    Hey there hey there mr man
    Please tell me tell me if you can
    Is it always sunny weather
    in the place called Land of never?
    And if forever is so far
    can we get there in our car?
    And will the snowman in my dreams
    Make me choc-O-late ice cream?
    Please tell me, mr man

    They’re only little things I know
    But can y tell me ‘for you go,
    The harbour is so big n wide
    how do the fish know it’s full tide?

    And another thing I’d like to know
    If time stands still
    Where does it go?
    Please tell me tell me, mr man

    Mum said I’m from the stars above
    And that one day I’ll fall in love
    How deep is love oh tell me please?
    Will it come up to my knees?
    Can you tell me, Mr man…?

  3. No fun allowed! You will toe the liberal line! or else! Morons and troublemakers is the definition you’ll find in the dictionary, under Liberal!

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