Left-wing Marxists in academia, government, and big tech are continuing their relentless efforts to erase centuries’ worth of American culture and values, replacing them with staid, intractable mandates and behaviors that are destroying our republic.
The latest assault on our traditions: The ‘cancellation’ of Dr. Seuss.
In a segment on his Fox News program Tuesday, Sean Hannity brought in civil rights attorney Leo Terrell and American University professor Omekongo Dibinga, both of whom are black, to discuss the sudden, out-of-nowhere proclamation from on academic high that a half-dozen of Dr. Seuss’ books are (wait for it) racist.
In leading the segment, Dibinga, who supports canceling the books out of our culture, said, “I specifically object to images that depict Asians in a horrible light, that depict African people … in a horrible light, and this is something that Dr. Seuss has had a history of doing.
According to the Associated Press, critics of the book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” portrays Asians in a stereotypical light, while “If I Ran the Zoo” depicts Africans wearing skirts made from plants.
“[The characters are] made to look like they’re exotic, where they’re made to look like they are less than civilized; and that is also the case with the African characters that appear in the books,” Dibinga claimed.
That’s obviously a subjective observation that is subject to different interpretations — a concept that, once upon a time, Americans on the left used to welcome, until their perspectives became dominant in culture and now they don’t want discussion, they demand conformity.
Terrell wasn’t having it.
“This professor would not tell us who’s been harmed by these books,” he said. “You name me one person, first and last name, who has been harmed by these books. You cannot do it. You talk about racism. Tell me where this racism exists.”
Terrell went on to note that Dr. Seuss’ books have been around for decades and that as a part of the American lexicon, they should not be banned. He then asked Dibinga if he could name anyone “specific” who has been harmed by the book’s content.
“Sure. I can name the black community that has been harmed by this book,” he responded.
That lit Terrell up.
“Do not say that! You do not represent the black community! You know you’re wrong! You’re absolutely wrong! … You don’t represent me! For you to sit here and say that is a lie! … You don’t speak for the black community! You don’t speak for the black community!”
Hannity jumped in and noted that both Barack and Michelle Obama promoted Dr. Seuss and his books. To Dibinga he asked, “Did they miss something?”
The professor began to respond but Terrell jumped in as well, forcing Hannity to end the segment.
As for whether Dr. Seuss, real name Theodor Seuss Geisel, was ‘racist,’ the answer is, unequivocally, no.
“There wasn’t a racist bone in that man’s body — he was so acutely aware of the world around him and cared so much,’’ Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, Geisel’s stepdaughter, told the New York Post.
During a segment on his own Fox News program Tuesday, host Tucker Carlson also defended Dr. Seuss and recounted what he was really like.
“Dr. Seuss was not a racist,” Carlson asserted. “He was an evangelist against bigotry. He wrote an entire shelf of books against racism, and not in a subtle way. They were clearly, explicitly against racism. That was the whole point of writing them, to teach children not to be racist.”
“Canceling Dr. Seuss isn’t stupid. It’s intentional. They’re banning Dr. Seuss not because he was a racist, but precisely because he wasn’t.”