You Simply Cannot Cancel America’s Greatest Rapper
Ok, so Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel wasn’t exactly a rapper, but he did have sick bars. He was just way ahead of his time, I guess. Speaking of the times...
A school county in Virginia is taking an Internet beating after they decided to cancel Dr. Seuss. It should be noted, however, that they did not cancel cancel him...they are merely not celebrating his birthday on March 2. This is also the day that schools in our country typically celebrate Read Across America Day. To be clear - Loudoun County will be celebrating RAAD, just not the birthday of the greatest children’s books author in the history of children’s books authors.
This year, the Loudoun County schools folded, persuaded by a 2019 study that analyzed 50 books and more than 2,200 characters created by Dr. Seuss and concluded that "of the 2,240 (identified) human characters, there are 45 characters of color representing 2% of the total number of human characters." The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss reports that, "Of the 45 characters, 43 exhibited behaviors and appearances that align with harmful and stereotypical Orientalist tropes.
Yikes! And that’s not a reaction to the data from the study, it’s my reaction to finding out tax payer dollars were spent on this study at all. It would not be difficult to take words written decades ago and, when viewed through the 2021 lens, align them with something that’s bound to piss someone off. If you’re looking for racism you’re going to find it, whether it’s there or not.
According to my research (Wikipedia), Dr. Seuss was a liberal who opposed fascism. He did not like when people tried to weaponize his words to advocate for their political causes. Example - in 1980 an anti-abortion group were using his words for their slogan: “A person’ a person, no matter how small.” Our hero, Dr. Seuss did not like that and sued them.
Memo to social justice warriors: when what you’re doing sounds like an Onion headline, stop.
That’s when you know it’s bad.
The human mind’s ability to create a problem out of thin air will never cease to amaze me.