Cancel Culture Goes After Dr. Seuss; Who Will Be Next?
Dr. Seuss is a favorite of mine. I have even performed as Horton; https://photos.app.goo.gl/GbqMKXkWUU8pavkx7
Particularly, Horton Hatches an Egg.
In reading his books now, his insights were prescient. He showed how identical creatures, with a difference being that one group had spots and the other group not, could form powerful prejudices based on that alone.
In “Horton Hears a Who”, he demonstrated that the tiniest, most insignificant, beings had worth, and thair their world was worth exploring.
Did he, in the ’30s, ’40s, or ’50s portray a caricature of an ethnicity or race that is now deemed offensive stereotypical? How could he not? Can we expect that he bear no reflection of his time or his history as a German in WW I?
Should he be removed from our history in place of a sanitized “black history” that removes any negative facts about that group and makes anyone who suppressed them into monstors? Are white people inherently more evil than black? Can either be called evil? Are we not all human beings?
The liberal left says “no” to Dr. Seuss! That only helps their push for power and leaves people in the conflicted middle. The left and the right each say their group is better, by color, ethnicity, belief system, or political view. We in the rational middle know differently.
So, too Mark Twain, one off the most revolutionary books of our day, showing a white boy helping a black man escape slavery because he calls his friend Jim the “N” word without the slightest intent to insult or impugn. Have we gone culturally insane? Is there nothing called “context”?
The left will sanitize and suppress free speech in the name of “decency” when only one group is deciding what is decent. The radical right does the same thing.
I say that Dr. Seuss’s books, even early ones, should survive, and children need to be taught history, geography, natural history, philosophy, and the rest, not just CODING!!! Barack was wrong in pushing for two year degress; it is condescending to assume blacks and poor whites and Latinos need to “know their place” and “settle” for two year associate degrees or only “public” and not private advanced degrees. Elitism takes many forms. I am for an elite of rationality and tolerance.
Indeed, I am “Mad as Hell”.
This post was written by Burton Hunter