Dr. Seuss has gotten a bad rap lately. As TruthRevolt recently reported, a Massachusetts librarian refused First Lady Melania Trump’s gift of Dr. Seuss books to her library because she believes his illustrations “are steeped in racist propaganda.” Of course, that same librarian can be seen wearing a "Cat in the Hat" hat to celebrate the author’s birthday back when Obama was president.
Leftists have long complained that Dr. Seuss’s drawings were insensitive toward the Japanese in World War II with his characterization of Emperor Hirohito, despite the fact that he aligned himself with Adolf Hitler and enjoyed killing innocent Americans:
But that’s not what has Dr. Seuss in hot water this week. It’s his less over-the-top depiction of a Chinese man in his children’s book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. There's a museum dedicated to Dr. Seuss in his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts, that features a small painting of this character in a mural that covers one of the walls. Well, that caused an uproar from three authors who declined to attend an upcoming Children’s Literature Festival held there because of the “jarring racial stereotype.”
Fox News reports:
Authors Mo Willems, Mike Curato and Lisa Yee signed a letter and posted it to social media explaining why they take issue with the mural's depiction.
"We recently learned that a key component of this institution honoring Dr. Seuss features a mural depicting a scene from his first book, 'And to Think That I Saw It on Mullberry Street,' and within the selected art is a jarring racial stereotype of a Chinese man, who is depicted with chopsticks, a pointed hat and slanted slit eyes," the complaint reads. "We find this caricature of 'the Chinaman' deeply hurtful, and we have concerns about children's exposure to it."
And that was enough to bring the museum to its knees. The offending picture will be replaced with something from another book to appease the three authors who complained, a statement explained:
"This is what Dr. Seuss would have wanted us to do. His later books, like 'The Sneetches' and 'Horton Hears a Who,' showed a great respect for fairness and diversity. Dr. Seuss would have loved to be a part of this dialogue for change. In fact, Ted Geisel himself said, 'It's not how you start that counts. It's what you are at the finish.'"
The authors said they would accept the invitation once the art was covered over. However, the entire event has been canceled, because leftism ruins everything it touches.