Dr Seuss is under fire on his birthday.
March 2 is the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Seuss, as well as the annual Read Across America Day.
Started by the National Educational Association in 1998 as a way to promote reading among children, the party is traditionally considered to be held in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday, although the two are technically separate events.
However, President Joe Biden on Tuesday deleted any mention of Dr. Seuss in his proclamation of Reading Day across America amid accusations of “racial overtones” and derogatory images in classic children’s books.
Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama both mentioned Dr Seuss in their respective proclamations for the annual day.
Tuesday also saw the announcement that Dr. Seuss Enterprises will no longer publish six of the author’s books because they “portray people in a hurtful and mistaken manner.”
Amid the upcoming “cancellation culture” for Seuss, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey doesn’t shy away from the traditional association between the author’s birthday and the day of reading across the board. ‘America. Ivey shared a video of his reading of “Oh, the places you’ll go!” “From Dr Seuss
In a statement to Yellowhammer News, Ivey’s press secretary Gina Maiola said: “Governor Ivey believes there is no place to ‘cancel culture’ in our country.”
“Instead of worrying about telling kids that it’s wrong to read Dr. Seuss, let’s worry about getting them back to class,” she continued. “As a former teacher, Governor Ivey believes that teaching students that reading can be fun, that they should pursue their dreams, and that the principle of treating everyone with kindness and respect are all relevant lessons today. ‘hui. “
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn