School district removes Dr. Seuss books from Read Across America Day, says his books have “strong racial undertones”

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA- This particular Virginia school district will no longer celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel, more famously known as Dr. Seuss, during Read Across America Day, citing that some of his books and illustrations have “strong racial undertones.”

Read Across America Day, which is typically celebrated on March 2nd, also marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss and for decades his work has been closely associated with the day, with everyone from celebrities to the former first lady Michelle Obama reading his books to children.

According to Loudoun schools spokesman Wayde B. Byard, the district said that they are looking toward books that are more “inclusive and diverse and reflective of our student community.”

Bryard added that the district feels that there are “strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss.” He added:

“Given this research, and LCPS’ focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS has provided guidance to schools in the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss’ birthday exclusively.”

Loudoun school district is not the first to allege that Dr. Seuss’ work has racial undertones. Back in 2017, the National Education Association started to rebrand Read Across America Day and moved away from Seuss’ work. 

The website now features books by authors of color with themes that include building community, racial justice, promoting respect, and fostering inclusiveness.

In order to quell the rumors about the school district banning Dr. Seuss books, Loudoun County Public Schools posted a statement on February 27th.

Administrators wrote that the books are still available to students in libraries and classrooms. They proceeded to explain their decision to remove Seuss from Read Across America Day:

“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Examples include anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale captioned with offensive language.”

The statement added:

“Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of ‘Read Across America Day’ in Loudoun County Public Schools.”

Reportedly, as far back as 2017, a museum dedicated to Geisel’s work painted over a mural that featured Dr. Seuss-styled depictions of Asian characters replete with long braided queues and chopsticks.

At the time, activists claimed that the cartoon figures were a “jarring racial stereotype.”

Most recently, a study that was published in 2019, examined 50 books by Dr. Seuss and found 43 out of the 45 characters of color “have characteristics aligning with the definition of Orientalism.” The study also said that the two African American characters both have anti-Black characteristics.

According to the study, the two specific examples are found in the books “The Cat’s Quizzer: Are YOU Smarter Than the Cat in the Hat?” and “If I Ran the Zoo.”

The study also argued that since the majority of human characters in Dr. Seuss’ books are white, his works, inadvertently or not, center around whiteness and thus perpetuate white supremacy. 

The study added that Dr. Seuss has a long history of publishing racist and anti-Semitic work, spanning back to the 1920s when he was a student at Dartmouth College. Allegedly, while he was in college, he once drew black boxers as gorillas as well as perpetuated Jewish stereotypes as financially stingy. 

In their statement, LCPS added:

“We continue to encourage our young readers to read all types of books that are inclusive, diverse, and reflective of our student community, not simply celebrate Dr. Seuss.”

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San Francisco wants to rename Abraham Lincoln High School: says it’s ‘stained by racism’ from President Lincoln

December 16th, 2020

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA– Just when you think the nonsense from the liberal left could not get any more extreme, they always seem to kick it up a notch to cause a ‘shake my head’ response. 

In San Francisco, a self proclaimed renaming committee has chosen to erase the name the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, from a local High School because he lived a life “stained by racism.”

The racism they are referring to however, is not against African American people, as it is well known Lincoln is credited with freeing the slaves, but rather racism against Native Americans. 

Jeremiah Jeffries, chairman of the committee and a first grade teacher in that California city, said:

“Uprooting the problematic names and symbols that currently clutter buildings, streets, throughout the city is a worthy endeavor,”

Jeffries continued: 

“Only good can come from the public being reflective and intentional about the power of our words, names and rhetoric within our public institutions.”

San Francisco Chronicle reported that Lincoln High School was one of many that the San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee found to have a problematic title. Some of the other names that they found issue with included George Washington High School, Herbert Hoover Middle School and Paul Revere K-8.

Since all of this madness of the “snowflakes” raging a war on every historical landmark they feel offends them in this country began, a criteria has been set of what is, and is not, offensive. 

There are a variety of things that would cause historical figures to be listed on the “unacceptable” list, including being slave owners, known racists or white supremacists. Additionally, anyone directly involved in colonization and people connected to human rights or environmental abuses would make the list.

Committee chairman, Jeremiah Jeffries, told the Chronicle in the article published on Monday, December 14th: 

“The discussion for Lincoln centered around his treatment of First Nation peoples because that was offered first,”

Jeffries continued:

“Once he met criteria in that way, we did not belabor the point.”

Despite the fact that Lincoln famously led the Union’s defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War, and signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared slaves in rebellious states to be free, Jeffries still had a problem with the former President, stating:

“[t]he history of Lincoln and Native Americans is complicated, not nearly as well known as that of the Civil War and slavery.”

He told the Chronicle that:

“Lincoln, like the presidents before him and most after, did not show through policy or rhetoric that Black lives ever mattered to them outside of human capital and as casualties of wealth building.”

Lincoln has come under fire for constructing the transcontinental railroad, which affected indigenous lands. He also declined to commute the sentences of 39 Native Americans who were sentenced to hanging. Thirty-eight were ultimately hanged in a mass execution after one was granted a last-minute reprieve, Fox News reported.

The group has even attacked their own liberal kind, when they went after Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. The committee sought to remove her name from an elementary school, based on the fact that she allegedly flew a Confederate flag at City Hall when she was mayor.

Jeffries reportedly said:

“On a local level Dianne Feinstein chose to fly a flag that is the iconography of domestic terrorism, racism, white avarice and inhumanity towards Black and Indigenous people at the City Hall,” 

He went on to say:

“She is one of the few living examples on our list, so she still has time to dedicate the rest of her life to the upliftment of Black, First Nations and other people of color. She hasn’t thus far.”

As expected, the decision to remove Lincoln was not going to sit well with many, and received backlash online. 

Senator Ted Cruz, (R-TX) took to Twitter to say:

“Abraham Lincoln…George Washington…even Diane friggin’ Feinstein: NONE are woke enough for the America-hating radical Left,”

He continued:

“This will never stop, until Americans say ‘ENOUGH!!’ and call it out for the ignorant nonsense that it is.”

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Washington DC “task force” recommends renaming, removal, ‘contextualizing” of national monuments

September 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC- Democrats don’t want to erase history, huh?

That isn’t the case in Washington, D.C., where a committee commissioned by Mayor Muriel Bowser has listed dozens of historical monuments, schools, parks and government buildings which they recommend renaming, removing or “contextualizing” because of alleged connections to slavery or racism.

The list includes the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial, Fox News is reporting.

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Those named, besides Washington and Jefferson include former presidents James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson.

Others included are men such as Benjamin Franklin and George Mason, two of the Founding Fathers, along with Alexander Graham Bell and Francis Scott Key, who composed the National Anthem.

While some of the facilities mention fall under the purview of the city, such as Jefferson Field, named for Thomas Jefferson and the Franklin School, named for Benjamin Franklin, most fall under federal jurisdiction.

The commission recommended that the federal government “remove, relocate or contextualize” several famous tourist attractions, including the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and the Benjamin Franklin statue.

The Washington Post reported that the release of the report had an outpouring of criticism, especially one suggestion which called for adding plaques or other context to the aforementioned national memorials.

The White House in particular sharply criticized the recommendations, which led Bowser’s administration to remove those recommendations Tuesday night.

In a statement, the White House called Bowser, a Democrat “the radically liberal mayor of Washington, D.C.,” and said she “ought to be ashamed for even suggesting” the revisions to the monuments.

“President Donald J. Trump believes these places should be preserved, not torn down; respected, not hated; and passed on for generations to come.”

In Congress, Republicans were outraged by the suggestions, which led to the original 24-page report being reduced to 23 after the page which listed eight federal sites had been removed. The original .pdf still had the original recommendations later on, the Post reported.

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican tweeted, “Hey D.C.—they’re not your monuments to rename or remove. They’re America’s monuments.”

White House aide Alyssa Farah said in a tweet:

“I’m not even sure what relocating the Washington Monument would entail.”

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, under whose jurisdiction the monuments fall, was clear that no such removal would occur under the Trump administration, tweeting in response to Bowser:

“Not on my watch. Never going to happen.”

As Democrats continue to try to destroy history, just as a famous German madman did in the 1930’s, they use the subject of racism and slavery in order to justify undermining our country’s history.

This all came about recently, of course because of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody, originally believed to be at the hands of Minneapolis police. Information released recently has called the original narrative into question.

While in the past liberals and anti-American zealots cast their eyes upon men such as Christopher Columbus and to a lesser extend Jefferson, nowadays they have widened their criticism even to the “Father of our Country,” George Washington.

President Washington of course was a slave owner back in the 1700’s when it was commonplace. That has led to Bowser’s committee seeking to make changes to the Washington Monument and George Washington University considering changing the school’s nickname, the Colonials.

Ben Franklin was a slave owner early in his live, however he later came out against it and actually founded the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery in 1774. Despite that, the liberals on Bowser’s committee recommended his statue be removed.

The committee’s chairs wrote, “We believe strongly that all District of Columbia owned public spaces, facilities and commemorative works should only honor those individuals who exemplified those values such as equity, opportunity and diversity that DC residents hold dear.”

Under those guidelines, the whole value of “equity,” shouldn’t the BLM mural adjacent to the White House be removed? Just asking.

According to the committee’s charge, they took five factors into account in deciding if something should be removed or taken down: did they participate in slavery, were they involved in systematic racism, did the person support oppression, was the person involved in a supremacist agenda, and did the honoree violate the city’s human rights law.

“Our decision-making prism focused on key, disqualifying histories, including participation in slavery, systemic racism, mistreatment of, or actions that suppressed equality for, persons of color, women and LGBTQ communities, and violation of the DC Human Right Act.”

Was LGBTQ even a thing in the 1700’s? Didn’t think so.

So, people who lived in the 1700’s are supposed to have lived under laws that were not implemented until several hundred years later? They are supposed to have lived under a set of values that were not in place at the time they lived and implemented later on in history?

The whole process makes ZERO sense.

Since many of these statues and monuments are on federal land, Bowser has no authority whatsoever to touch them.

There is apparently someone who works for Seton Hall University, Travis Timmerman who spends his time researching monument removals. He of course as an academic is totally down with the revolution.

“They’re going after historical figures that by and large have gotten a pass previously for their moral transgressions,” Timmerman said.

He claims that the “appropriateness” of a monument changes over time.

“Thomas Jefferson, for instance, was a vicious slaveholder,” he said. “But most people think of him as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence…If that’s what people think of Jefferson, then it’s not necessarily harmful to have a school named after him.

If people become more aware of his moral shortcomings, and that’s what they think of when they see Jefferson’s statue or a school named after him, well then it becomes harmful.”

For any city-owned building or facility to be renamed, the city council would have to approve the move. Once councilor, Mary Cheh, a Democrat (honestly, they’re all Democrats in DC) said:

“I never really thought about Stoddert or Key Elementary as an issue. They were just schools, and that’s their name,” referring to the schools named after Francis Scott Key and secretary of the Navy Benjamin Stoddert.

“African American women, civil rights leaders—people ought to know about others. This gives us an opportunity to honor them.”

However another councilor, Chairman Phil Mendelson urged some caution, saying:

“I totally get why someone like John Tyler, even though he’s a former president, is someone we don’t want a school named after. But I don’t get why Benjamin Franklin is someone we don’t want anything named after. I think we need to see the detail,” he said.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary lit up Bowser’s committee, saying:

“The radically liberal mayor of Washington, D.C. is repeating the same left-wing narrative used to incite dangerous riots; destroying our history and destroying our great heritage,” going on to describe the report requested by Bowser as “ludicrous,” Breitbart News reported.

A White House statement said:

“President Donald J. Trump believes these places should be preserved, not torn down; respected not hated; and passed on for generations to come. As long as President Trump is in the White House, the mayor’s irresponsible recommendations will go absolutely nowhere.”

Thank you President Trump.

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