BPC Bulletin: School Boards in Hamilton-Wentworth Order Removal of Dr. Seuss Books
In Ontario’s Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth, public and Roman Catholic school boards have started to remove copies of Dr. Seuss’s books from their school libraries.
The school boards started removing the books after Dr. Seuss Enterprises declared on March 2, 2021, that six of the deceased author’s books portray racial minorities in ways that are “hurtful and wrong.”
- And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937)
- McElligot’s Pool (1947)
- If I Ran the Zoo (1950)
- Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953)
- On Beyond Zebra! (1955)
- The Cat’s Quizzer (1976)
In other Canadian towns, public libraries are considering whether to keep copies of the six books in their collections.
Adina Bresge of the Canadian Press reports:
In the National Post, Tyler Dawson reports:
Meghan Collie of Global News reports:
In the Times Colonist, Carla Wilson reports:
High River and Okotoks, Alta.
In Okotoks Online, Harrison O’Nyons reports:
Bobby Hristova of CBC News reports:
In Kitchener Today, Aastha Shetty reports:
In The Record, Anam Latif reports. (This story is behind a paywall):
Thunder Bay, Ont.
CBC News reports:
In Thunder Bay News Watch, Gary Rinne reports:
Jenny Lamothe of Sudbury.com reports:
Prince Edward Island
Kevin Yarr of CBC News reports:
In the National Post, Chris Selley comments:
In Reason, Robby Soave comments:
In The New York Times, Ross Douthat comments: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/06/opinion/dr-seuss-books-liberalism.html
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