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US Dr. Seuss books: This Virginia school district says it isn't banning his books. On the annual Read Across America Day, it's just no longer emphasizing them

05:51  02 march  2021
05:51  02 march  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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A school district in Virginia recently made headlines for allegedly banning books by Dr. Seuss.

text, calendar: Books by Dr. Seuss have long been staples of children's literature, but one school district wants to minimize his role in © Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg/Getty Images Books by Dr. Seuss have long been staples of children's literature, but one school district wants to minimize his role in "Read Across America Day," which aims to promote reading among kids.

But Loudoun County Public Schools(LCPS), located in Ashburn, said it is not banning books by the famous children's author. It's just discouraging a connection between "Read Across America Day," which was created to get kids excited about reading, and Dr. Seuss' birthday. Both fall on March 2, and have often been "historically connected" to each other, the district said in a statement.

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"Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss," LCPS said in its statement, which links to School Library Journal article from 2018 about the National Education Association focusing its Read Across America efforts "on Diversity Not Dr. Seuss."

Examples of racial undertones in the books include "anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale captioned with offensive language," LCPS wrote.

"Given this research, and LCPS' focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss' birthday."

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Dr. Seuss had a long history of publishing racist and anti-Semitic work, spanning back to the 1920s when he was a student at Dartmouth College. There, Dr. Seuss once drew Black boxers as gorillas, as well as perpetuating Jewish stereotypes as financially stingy, according to a study published in the journal "Research on Diversity in Youth Literature."

That study, published in 2019, examined 50 books by Dr. Seuss and found 43 out of the 45 characters of color have "characteristics aligning with the definition of Orientalism." The two "African" characters, the study says, both have anti-Black characteristics.

Two specific examples, according to the study, are found in the books "The Cat's Quizzer: Are YOU Smarter Than the Cat in the Hat?" and "If I Ran the Zoo."

"In ("The Cat's Quizzer"), the Japanese character is referred to as 'a Japanese,' has a bright yellow face, and is standing on what appears to be Mt. Fuji," the authors wrote.

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Regarding "If I Ran the Zoo," the study points out another example of Orientalism and White supremacy.

"The three (and only three) Asian characters who are not wearing conical hats are carrying a White male on their heads in 'If I Ran the Zoo.' The White male is not only on top of, and being carried by, these Asian characters, but he is also holding a gun, illustrating dominance. The text beneath the Asian characters describes them as 'helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant' from 'countries no one can spell.'"

The study also argues that since the majority of human characters in Dr. Seuss' books are White, his works -- inadvertently or not -- center Whiteness and thus perpetuate White supremacy.

LCPS said Dr. Seuss books are still available in its schools libraries and classrooms, "however, Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of Read Across America Day in Loudoun County Public Schools."

"We continue to encourage our young readers to read all types of books that are inclusive, diverse and reflective of our student community, not simply celebrate Dr. Seuss," LCPS said.

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