With all the problems going on today, a Dr. Seuss character is at the top of the worry list? That's how it is for three children's authors invited to a Dr. Seuss museum in Massachusetts.
Authors Mo Willems, Mike Curato and Lisa Yee were invited to the inaugural Children's Literature Festival but declined due to a "racist" character shown on a mural in the museum. The festival was scheduled for Oct. 14 but has since been cancelled, even after the museum said they would take the mural in question down.
The offended authors wrote a letter and posted it to social media, shares Fox News. "We recently learned that a key component of this institution honoring Dr. Seuss features a mural depicting a scene from his first book, 'And to Think That I Saw It on Mullberry Street,' and within the selected art is a jarring racial stereotype of a Chinese man, who is depicted with chopsticks, a pointed hat and slanted slit eyes. We find this caricature of 'the Chinaman' deeply hurtful, and we have concerns about children's exposure to it," the authors complained.
Naturally, the museum officials obliged the request, as no one wants to be at all tied with racism. "This is what Dr. Seuss would have wanted us to do. His later books, like 'The Sneetches' and 'Horton Hears a Who,' showed a great respect for fairness and diversity," the museum said in a statement.
"Dr. Seuss would have loved to be a part of this dialogue for change. In fact, Ted Geisel himself said, 'It's not how you start that counts. It's what you are at the finish,'" their statement concluded.
However, we're not sure that Dr. Seuss would want his work censored. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments! And if Dr. Seuss is liable for racism, what other beloved children's books are next?
One person who never seems to be intimidated by the PC-police is Franklin Graham, and his latest Facebook post has hundreds of thousands applauding.