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Diverse children's book library centering underrepresented and oppressed groups.

Illustration by Bryan Collier


"The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss's Children's Books"

"The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss's Children's Books"

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Please see the journal article we published in Research on Diversity in Youth Literature.

In it, we:

-Analyze 50 of Dr. Seuss’s children’s books through a critical race lens

-Document the extent and manner in which characters of color are portrayed

-Cite and discuss Dr. Phil Nel’s findings regarding the Cat in the Hat’s origins in blackface minstrelsy and the racial messaging in The Cat in the Hat and its sequel, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

-Debunk The Sneetches and Horton Hears a Who as texts that “promote tolerance” or are “anti-racist”

-Discuss implications regarding race, gender, and using Dr. Seuss books to teach anti-racism

-Document the racism across Seuss’s entire publishing career and debunk Seuss as a “Anti-racist” or “Reformed Racist”

A PDF of the full paper, “The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss’s Children’s Books”, can be downloaded for free here: https://sophia.stkate.edu/rdyl/vol1/iss2/4/

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