Letter: Ann Mulhall, Ashburn

From all the children in America who have delighted in his books, learned lessons about kindness and diversity, and, most importantly, learned to read and to love reading, I wish Dr, Seuss a happy birthday tomorrow, March 2.

The word on the street is that there are some (NEA and LEA) who, like the Grinch, are aimed at destroying the wonder and fun of young children by claiming that his books are “racist.” One would think that it would be enough that these organizations have deprived children of a year’s worth of in-person schooling and subjected them to a poor substitute for education in online learning, but they won’t stop there.Now they aim to take the fun out of early reading by searching for evidence that these books are inherently racist.How very sad.

One can only hope that, like the Grinch, these people’s hearts will grow three sizes today.

Ann Mulhall, Ashburn

4 thoughts on “Letter: Ann Mulhall, Ashburn

  • 2021-03-01 at 4:41 pm

    Sorry Ann, but the country is in the throws of a Marxist takeover and revolution. If you voted for Biden then you are responsible for it. If you didn’t vote for Biden then it’s time to face facts. Until we recognize the threat at hand and deal with it accordingly, we will continue to see this reorganization of history, literature, and art for the foreseeable future.

    Mr. Potatohead

  • 2021-03-02 at 8:49 am

    We have the technology to provide the school system with a system to track which lists what books are not allowed for their child, a simple cloud based database from which each parent can list the items they don’t want their child to read. This way we respect all folks wishes, whether minority or majority views. Let’s operate on freedom, and stop being oppressed by how others choose to view and to interpret literature. Let the first amendment freedoms ring from every mountain top and hamlet.

  • 2021-03-03 at 8:54 am

    The problem for the letter writer is that even the estate of Theodore Geisel has agreed that six titles contain racist imagery and said they will no longer be printed.

    Geisel’s history of flagrantly anti-Semitic cartooning is also reprehensible and indefensible.

  • 2021-03-07 at 6:07 pm

    I would like to point out to Ms. Mulhall that no one deprived children of in-person learning. Children were kept home and schools were closed in order to protect staff, students, and the public from Covid-19. It was time, for these particular books, to go. I would hazard a guess that those who are upset about the removal of the offensive Seuss books would also be in favor of banning the books that have been a topic of debate in school board sessions; those books that are a part of the schools’ diversity collection. If I hear cancel culture… It is not about canceling anyone but rather accepting and being sensitive to the rights of others. We do do not need books that promote negative stereotypes.

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