Backlash after Dr. Seuss books pulled over racist imagery

Online sales soared overnight after it was announced that some of the late author's titles, including "If I Ran the Zoo," were being removed from publication for racist and insensitive illustrations.
2:01 | 03/03/21

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Plow the new fallout this morning over the decision to pull six Dr. Seuss books from publication because of racist and insensitive imagery. Sales of those books now skyrocketing. Dr. Seuss, people think "Green eggs and ham" and don't think about that other book that depicts a man with two slanted lines for eyes running around with a bowl of rice and chopsticks. That's the type of imagery they're trying to get out of there and the announcement made Dr. Seuss yesterday best-sellers. Dr. Seuss books claimed nine spots on Amazon's top ten best-seller list overnight, also his books went from selling for a few bucks to hundreds of dollars on sites like Ebay. All of this after the publisher announced on Tuesday several of the late author and illustrator's titles were being pulled from publication for their racist and insensitive imagery telling ABC news Dr. Seuss enterprises working with a panel of experts including educators reviewed our catalog of titles and made the decision last year to cease publication and licensing of six stories adding, these books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong. The books are not representative of diversity. They show black and brown characters and when they do they're in really negative stereotypical ways that dehumanize black and brown people, people of color, show them as sub servant. Reporter: One of those "If I ran the zoo" came under fire for its offensive illustration of African and Asian people and the publisher remains committed to sharing messages of hope and inclusion ceasing sales is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss enterprises' catalog represents all families. There were a lot arguing it was cancel culture run amuck again but the company said now is the right time when you're talking about impressionable young kids. Now is the right time.

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