DR. SEUSS, NEWEST COUNTER CULTURE VICTIM3/2/2021
Theodor Seuss, “Ted” Geisel, was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes many of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death. “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday. “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.The latest victim of our “counter culture” movement is Theodor Geisel, an author made famous by his children’s books that he wrote under the name Dr. Seuss.
One of socialisms basic tactics, as we experienced in Cuba, is erasing history, highlighting only the evils of the past. These teachings start at a very early age, making children grow believing that the only reality is the present. Knowledge of history, starting at the beginning of human life, is essential to help the young have an open mind, and form an independent opinion of good vs. bad. When past life is taught, it has to be done in context of the culture and norms of the time in order to foster an “open mind”, and motivating children to have independence of thought.
Progress can only be achieved because of this fact, and it is the reason of why “counterculture/censure” exists. This knowledge in childhood also fosters the desire to be part of the progress, not of the oppression. As a young man I lived the early Castro days, when they still claimed democracy, and pre-school kids had to pledge “I want to be like Che”, also being encouraged to denounced their parents if “against” Castro’s alleged “freedom”. Dr. Seuss writings had been always labeled as progressive and inspiring social justice, as demonstrated on excerpts of an article written in 2015. To wit;In Dr Seuss’ children’s books, a commitment to social justice that remains relevant today.
July 27, 2015
In 1960, Geisel spelled out the stakes of his art:
In these days of tension and confusion, writers are beginning to realize that Books for Children have a greater potential for good, or evil, than any other form of literature on earth.
In What Pet Should I Get? – released this week – the very same siblings who first appeared in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish now struggle with the question of what pet they should choose. While the siblings in What Pet Should I Get? may not be as familiar as Scout and Jem Finch, Dr Seuss’ new book is the latest addition to a body of work that remains just as committed to social justice as Harper Lee’s famous novels The 650 million children who have read Dr Seuss’ books have been exposed to new ways of viewing the world, of rethinking a social order often imbued in prejudice. But adults continue to use the themes of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. It has inspired a CEO’s leadership manual, a Barnes & Noble e-reader and the name of a dating website. The book was quoted by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in a dissenting opinion earlier this year.
But now, the mantra tells us that as adored as Dr. Seuss is by millions around the world for the positive values in many of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance, there has been increasing criticism in recent years over the way Black people, Asian people and others are drawn in some of his most beloved children’s books, as well as in his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations. The absurdity of this reasoning should be answered by Dr. Seuss himself;“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfany direction you choose.You’re on your own. And you know what you know.And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go…
Fernando J. Milanes, MD