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Tuesday was "Read Across America Day," chosen to fall on the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss, and intended to promote a love of reading amongst kids around the country. And as a very special treat this year, the Left (including the White House) struck Seuss's name from the occasion after he was, of course, branded a racist.
Six of the author's books will no longer be published and, if you care to check out the offenses, you'll find them relatively minor albeit not meeting today's standards of political correctness. And while we'll never support book banning or book burning, we're not without some sympathy for the case being made here. Children's books (and we've actually written a few) should be held to particularly high standards and the very young can't be expected to understand disclaimers about society's changing mores. Moreover, the decision to discontinue the books in question wasn't made by a governmental body, but rather by the rights holders of the books who will now be losing significant money from missed sales. That's a principled stand in anyone's book.
Less principled, and far more chilling, is Ebay's decision not to allow used copies of the popular books to be re-sold on their platform. Meaning that any old copy you already have (and which you were hoping just got more valuable) just went from collectible to contraband. This is big tech censorship, impure and simple.
Most importantly, we take exception to the idea that Dr. Seuss was a "racist" in any real sense, even though some of his earliest cartoons - not intended for children - from back in the 1930's are screamingly inappropriate today (big-lipped African cannibals boiling explorers in stewpots being a case in point). But by the 1940's, he was an advocate for the rights of black Americans.
Dr. Seuss, the man and the artist, evolved over time and eventually was creating children's books specifically intended to fight prejudice and racism. Those books reached and had a positive influence on millions of kids. Dr. Seuss deserves to be remembered for that. Especially on the day which was created in his honor.
Of course, the states in question aren't banning masks or any other precautions - they're simply saying that it's time to let the common sense of citizens be the guiding principle instead of officious and ever-changing government mandates. If it proves to be a mistake, we'll have learned something valuable. And if it works? Well, we're pretty sure that Mumblin' Joe will be a big enough man to take full credit for it.