Say 'No' to Censorship: Uncancel Dr Seuss

Say 'No' to Censorship: Uncancel Dr Seuss

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Stephanie Mancuso started this petition to Dr Suess Enterprises and

Dear Dr. Seuss Enterprises:


I am writing on behalf of my family, myself, and more specifically my 12 month old daughter--who not only has started her own collection of Dr Seuss books, but also happens to share her birthday, March 2nd, with him. I hope that by the time this letter reaches you it will not be the only one of its kind.


This week I heard of your decision, after working with a panel of experts, including educators, to suspend the publication of six of Seuss’s books because as you state, “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” As an educator myself, I could not be more saddened, disappointed, or in greater disagreement with your decision. 


The nature of this letter is not to argue whether or not Seuss’s books are racist, that would be an irrelevant argument. As we know, everyone’s perspective in life is their own reality. Instead, the concern of this letter pertains to what I think is a greater issue: censorship.


There is no denying that we are currently living in the midst of the biggest cancel culture our nation has ever experienced, furthering the toxicity and divisiveness of our country. However, it does not take much searching through history to see the dangers of censorship on peoples and societies. Whether we agree or disagree with a person’s thoughts, ideas, values, beliefs, or self-expression--the willful acceptance of the censorship of one, if we are not careful, over time will become the censorship of all. If we start down the road of censoring and cancelling everything that offends, hurts, or is considered wrong in the eyes of someone else, it won’t be long before nothing is left. Books are a reflection of our history, the good and the bad. We don’t cancel them, we learn and grow from them.  I am asking you to reverse your decision to suspend the publication of these books, for no other reason than we can not teach or allow censorship to exist in a free world. Otherwise, we risk, and even more so our children risk, being free at all.

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