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Dr. Seuss Vs. The Cancel Culture


Last updated 3/10/2021 at 3:49pm

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” —Theodor Seuss Geisel

OK. Why do people want to cancel statues? Books? Speech? Thoughts? Ideas? But the latest in this ever-growing list is an icon – Dr. Seuss. Kids have missed a portion of their childhood already. Now someone, They-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, wants to take away more joy because…why?

Some parents may not want their children to know about Dr. Seuss, but some I’m sure, find joy and comfort reading those stories to their kids. So what has changed? Six subversive books? I’m now sure these six stories will be relegated to the library’s Restricted Section, K to 3. (If you never worked in a library, the Restricted Section when I worked in one ages ago, included books like “Lady Chatterly’s Lover.”)

History teaches us lessons from the past. Some noble. Some not. From grievous errors, actions, principles to soaring truths, reactions, virtues. But now, a head has risen from the pit. Something that wants to cancel any and all of the above, good or evil. Aptly named The Cancel Culture, it seeks to destroy, not build.

How? By comparing all that came before with “the now” and taking upon itself to be the arbiter of morals and “truth.” Because of perception. Perception equals power. And the power to denigrate in this internet world is awesome. You never have to identify. You never have to prove. You can use personal attacks because you don’t have to look someone in the eye. You can ban. You can make decisions for all those people who obviously can’t make decisions on their own. All in the guise of knowing what’s best. And now it’s come for Seuss.

“Oh the places you’ll go”….assuming you’ve got the appropriate papers and are not carrying a subversive Dr. Seuss book. Pro-Tip: Keep the “Father Knows Best” and “All In The Family” CDs in “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” and “Jaws” cases.

Art Cole



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