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Are Dr Seuss Children's Books Racist Propaganda?

Yes
0 (0%)
No
0 (0%)
Are you f***ing kidding me?
3 (60%)
I can provide an example of Seussian racism (please do so if this is your poll choice)
1 (20%)
Are you f***ing kidding me?
1 (20%)

Total Members Voted: 4

Voting closed: October 10, 2017, 03:05:14 PM

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« on: September 30, 2017, 02:05:14 PM »
Why is this even a question?  Really?

I am afraid we've lost our way.


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Re: Dr. Seuss
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2017, 06:29:34 AM »
There is no question that he produced some racist material, though his better known stuff is not racist.

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Re: Dr. Seuss
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2017, 06:30:55 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2017, 06:33:16 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2017, 06:33:48 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2017, 06:34:45 AM »

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Re: Dr. Seuss
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2017, 06:36:59 AM »
Quite bluntly, to say that Suess was not racist is to be either ignorant or in denial.  Period.

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Re: Dr. Seuss
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2017, 01:57:57 AM »
Know what this country needs a good ole fashioned book burning...lest anyone should have their feelings hurt...
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Re: Dr. Seuss
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2017, 02:42:54 AM »
We were all racist growing up - it's just the way things were!  If you look back in history long enough, you will find people getting tortured, burned alive, etc.  It becomes totally irrelevant and, quite frankly, stupid to dwell on the past from views from very old old old / dead people when times were different. 

Society has evolved and there are more important things to talk about than these trivial matters.  If you look back at loony toones, they had racist cartoons too. 


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Re: Dr. Seuss
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2017, 09:55:03 AM »
One fish, two fish red fish, blue fish.

Interesting illustrations, Doe.  Thanks for the education.  I found the idea preposterous and did not even bother to research it.

I wonder if you could find an example of his racism in the popular children's books he wrote.


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Re: Dr. Seuss
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2017, 11:53:11 AM »
Racism was mainstream until only very recently. Seuss was marketing popular ideas, as just about every other major player of the period did. I don't think it makes his work less valuable or makes him a bad guy.  He is just a product of a different time period.  Also, racism is a human trait.  We all have a tendency to make generalizations (doing so is necessary in order to operate in an environment where you can never have or know complete information). Sometimes it's warranted, sometimes it's not.  And, as I said earlier, I don't think his well known books were racist.  I loved green eggs and ham when I was in grade school.