Celebrated American children’s author Dr. Seuss is now considered too controversial for one of Virginia’s largest school districts, a new report reveals.
For more than two decades, Dr. Seuss’s birthday has been celebrated in schools as American Reading Day, a day dedicated to the importance of reading and literacy. The day falls on Dr. Seuss’s birthday in honor of the shocking author, whose books have helped countless children learn to read around the world.
But after pressure from activists, Loudon County Public Schools is reportedly abandoning the annual Dr. Seuss celebration.
“As we realize that many schools continue to celebrate ‘America’s Reading Day’ in partial recognition of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, it is important that we learn about the research that may challenge our practice in this regard,” said Loudoun County Schools in announcement reported by the Daily Wire.
“As we become more sensitive to culture and racial awareness, all building leaders should know that in recent years there has been research that reveals radical nuances in the books written and illustrations drawn by Dr. Seuss.” , the school district continued.
Learning for Justice, a liberal education advocacy group, was behind the lobbying campaign against the celebrated children’s author. The organization bills itself as a group seeking to “defend the mission” of the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center, according to its website.
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Learning for Justice cited a St. Catherine University study that claimed that Dr. Seuss’s books are covered in “orientalism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy” in a magazine article they published.
The group also claimed that non-white characters in the books were “subordinate” to white characters.
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This is not the first time that Dr. Seuss has been subject to cancellation.
Former first lady Melania Trump responded to a Massachusetts elementary school librarian in 2017 who claimed that the illustrations in Dr. Seuss’s books, usually cartoon animals or fantastic creatures, were examples of “racist propaganda.”
Loudoun County Public Schools did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment for this article.