A Massachusetts museum, which is dedicated to Dr. Seuss, will be removing and replacing a one of the famous murals because it has been deemed “racist” by three other children’s book authors.
The mural portrays a Chinese man from one of his books, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” with slanted eyes and chopsticks. The other authors said that they would be boycotting an even at the museum because of the “jarring racial stereotype.”
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Call me crazy here, but don’t people of Chinese decent have slanted eyes? Do they not, in fact, eat with chopsticks? The mural simply displays their culture. How is that racist?
Fox News reports:
Three children’s authors declined an invitation to the museum’s inaugural Children’s Literature Festival, which was set for Oct. 14 before being canceled. After the museum offered to take down the mural, the authors said they would attend, but the museum has not said if the festival is back on.
Authors Mo Willems, Mike Curato and Lisa Yee signed a letter and posted it to social media explaining why they take issue with the mural’s depiction.
Their complaint said, “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.”
They added, “We find this caricature of ‘the Chinaman’ deeply hurtful, and we have concerns about children’s exposure to it.”
The museum is taking down the mural and replacing it work from work that came later on in Seuss’ career.
A spokesperson from the museum said, “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.”
They added, “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.'”
If you ask me, I think Dr. Seuss would have told all these whining babies to grow up!
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