Six Dr. Suess books termed "hurtful and wrong" will no longer be published or licensed, the publishing company in charge of his legacy announced Tuesday.
"We are committed to action," a statement from Dr. Suess Enterprises read. The announcement incudes the titles "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," "If I Ran the Zoo," "McElligot’s Pool," "On Beyond Zebra!," "Scrambled Eggs Super!" and "The Cat’s Quizzer."
The company, founded by Dr. Suess’ family, formed a panel of experts, including educators, to review Dr. Suess’ catalog and make the decision last year. The books contain blatantly racist depictions of Black, Indigenous and Asian peoples.
In "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," an Asian person is portrayed wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks and eating from a bowl. A depiction of two bare-footed African men sporting what appear to be grass skirts with their hair tied above their heads is featured in "If I Ran the Zoo."
"Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families," the statement explained.
The change will create a wide ripple, as Dr. Suess’ impact continues to be felt around the world. He was listed as the second-highest earning dead celebrity of 2020 by Forbes, raking in an estimated $33 million last year because of "a series of seven-figure television and film deals."
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Suess, died in 1991.
Tuesday would have been his 117th birthday.