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At least three public libraries in the New York metropolitan area have reportedly refused to succumb to the censorious hysteria surrounding acclaimed children’s book author Dr. Seuss’s celebrated works.
The three are the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Public Library. Combined, the three libraries operate 220 branches and serve millions of residents across the New York metropolitan area.
“As with all public libraries, the New York Public Library does not censor books,” New York Public Library spokesperson Angela Montefinise said in a blunt statement to the New York Post.
“In this case, the six titles in question are being pulled out of print by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, so the very few copies we have of these titles will continue to circulate until they are no longer in acceptable condition,” she added.
“In the meantime, librarians, who care deeply about serving their communities and ensuring accurate and diverse representation in our collections — especially children’s books — will certainly strongly consider this information when planning storytimes, displays, and recommendations,” she said.
A spokesperson for the Brooklyn Public Library confirmed to the Post that their copies of Dr. Seuss’s work will also remain in circulation.
Meanwhile, officials at the Queens Public Library “said they are weighing whether to move the books to its reference section but noted, ‘we stand firmly against censorship,'” as reported by the Post.
This welcome commitment to standing against censorship comes amid the nationwide cancelling of six of Seuss’s books over their alleged “anti-blackness” and “white supremacy.”
‘Cat in the Hat is racist?’: Dr. Seuss is being canceled for ‘anti blackness and white supremacy’ https://t.co/Y3qGSu1map pic.twitter.com/ySB1Tv3RVl
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 27, 2021
“The half dozen books by Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, made news this week when the company that publishes the titles for Penguin Random House, said it would no longer publish them,” according to the Post.
“The six books — ‘If I Ran the Zoo,’ ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,’ ‘McElligot’s Pool,’ ‘On Beyond Zebra!,’ ‘Scrambled Eggs Super!,’ and ‘The Cat’s Quizzer’ — have come under fire in recent years due to its stereotypical portrayal of different ethnic and racial groups.”
The pushback has been overwhelming, with conservatives, libertarians and really everybody else but far-leftists warning of the “chilling” consequences of the rapidly growing “book burning” that’s taking root in America right now.
Below is one example from David Limbaugh, the brother of the late Rush Limbaugh:
The position of the Dr. Seuss cancelers is chilling. I heard the professor on @seanhannity shows today. He says these books are harmful because they promote a colorblind view of society and so must be banned. Think about that. Wrongheaded in substance and tyrannical in form.
— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) March 3, 2021
See more insights below:
Everyday the woke remind us of how unbelievably privileged we are to live in America. People are actually spending their time banning Dr Seuss books. This what happens when you pair the freedom, prosperity, and fortune of being an American with self-righteous narcissism.
— Alyssa Ahlgren (@AlyssaRAhlgren) March 3, 2021
The emotional instability of a few is not a reason for our entire society to overthrow a culture that values freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and individual responsibility. Anyone who surrenders to our cultural authoritarians is a damned coward.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 2, 2021
The downfall of civil society is when unreasonable people discover that they can impose upon reasonable people to a near-infinite degree b/c reasonable people pride themselves on being flexible, kind, and gentle to their opponents
— PoliMath (@politicalmath) March 2, 2021
They just CANCELED Dr. Seuss for racist undertones!😂😂😂
We live in CLOWN WORLD!
No way America survives this nonsense, we will be taken over by China / Russia in 20 years or less. This country has become weak & pathetic. pic.twitter.com/rT11yNrMP7
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) March 2, 2021
On the other side of the aisle are far-leftists like Ezra Klein, the co-founder of Vox. To them, concerns about America’s culture and history being erased are “nonsense.”
It says a lot about the modern GOP that Biden and the Democrats are about to pass a $1.9 trillion bill with dozens of longtime liberal priorities and what’s really generating the heat on the right is some nonsense about Dr. Seuss. https://t.co/gE7ugPyTrN
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) March 2, 2021
But it’s not just that America’s culture and history are being erased — it’s that they’re being systematically replaced by far-left propaganda.
For instance, according to Jarrett Stepman of The Daily Signal, the National Education Association is now recommending children’s books that are exclusively about “race, gender identity, or various other left-wing causes.”
Dr. Seuss was canceled by @JoeBiden & Read Across America, produced by the NEA (the country’s largest public teacher’s union). The children’s books they recommend are almost entirely about race, gender identity, or various other left-wing causes: https://t.co/qJryh4c46F?
— Jarrett Stepman (@JarrettStepman) March 2, 2021
Some of the books currently being recommended include the following:
- “Julián Is a Mermaid”
- “Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card”
- “We Are Here To Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults”
- “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”
- “Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America”
Apparently, classics like “The Cat in the Hat,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and “The Lorax” are no longer in style …
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