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Six Dr. Seuss books halt publication due to racist imagery

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Six children's books written by Dr. Seuss will no longer be published because they contain racist and insensitive imagery.

That’s according to the company set up to preserve the author's legacy, who said on Tuesday that, ”these books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

Among the books being pulled are "McElligot's Pool," "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," and "If I Ran the Zoo."

The books are among more than 60 written by Dr. Seuss, the pen name of Theodor Geisel, who died in 1991.

The books, originally published between 1937 and 1976, contain numerous caricatures of Asian and Black people that incorporate stereotypes that have been criticized as racist.

But to some the decision fed into frustration with what they see as “cancel culture.”

“Well, people need to realize is, if Dr. Seuss can get canceled, what can't be?"

“It's just a trail of censorship that's ridiculous at this point."

Dr. Seuss Enterprises said it worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review its catalog and made the decision last year to end publication and licensing. It chose to make the announcement on March 2, the anniversary of Geisel's birth in 1904.

His most famous books - "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham" - were not on the list of books that will be yanked from publication.

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