A Seussian poem by Bret Weinstein

March 13, 2021 • 1:30 pm

By now you know that Dr. Seuss Enterprises has discontinued printing six of his books because they contain “offensive images.” I agree that two of those books are, as they say, “problematic,” but am not quite sure about the other three.  It’s their call, of course, because it’s their books. But I hope that libraries don’t dump them. (Knowing librarians’ widespread defense of the First Amendment staunch opposition to censorship, I think they’ll be kept behind the counter.)

Now comes Dr. Bret Weinstein with a poem about the whole kerfuffle. And it’s a pretty good one, too: written in Seussian style with (generally) proper scanning and rhymes:

h/t: Lynne

7 thoughts on “A Seussian poem by Bret Weinstein

  1. Very impressive! I’m amazed how he captured the Seussian style and maintained what he wanted to say.

  2. I work for a public library (paraprofessional position) that is process of pulling six Dr. Seuss titles and two Dav Pilkey books from the collection because they portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong or they perpetuate passive racism. As authors and illustrator admit to being racist and as publishers cease publication of the those books, I fully anticipate more tiles to be withdrawn from the library collections. Our library leadership basically said the library has a responsibility to redefine the values of intellectual freedom and neutrality with the new value of being an anti-racist library. Contemporary librarians’ probably aren’t as in opposition to censorship as people might think, especially if the material in question is ‘deemed harmful’ to a magalized community. This of course might be subject to geographic location, my library is a pretty socially progesssive state.

      1. We do have a couple copies of Mein Kampf. I actually looked recently because I was curious if they had been “withdrawn” without anyone noticing.

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