Outrage as Joe Biden cancels Dr. Seuss books for racist imagery
Parents have expressed outrage on Twitter after US President Joe Biden announced Dr. Seuss books will not be part of “Read Across America Day.”
The US president decided to break tradition and erase Dr. Seuss books from his proclamation on Read Across America Day.
The Read Across America program was launched by the National Educators of America (NEA) in 1998 to promote children’s literacy, according to MSNBC.
Amazon removed the six Dr. Seuss books from its online platform, and Dr. Seuss Enterprises told the Associated Press, the decision to cease publication and sales of the 6 books was made last year.
This is due to images that may be offensive to Asian people in the books titled “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”, “If I Ran the Zoo”, “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
Social media users who grew up reading Dr. Seuss books took to Twitter to express their outrage.
See some reactions below.