Dr. Seuss legacy to be revitalized by new books from diverse artists


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Cameron Modeste

A year following the termination of six Dr. Seuss titles due to racist imagery, Dr. Seuss Enterprises is set on releasing new books from the unique perspectives of diverse artists, with never before seen sketches from the author.

Company officials have yet to release more information about the project. However the President and CEO of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Susan Brandt, has expressed an optimistic vision for the new generation of talent coming with this move.

The new highly anticipated books are to feature works from artists with diverse cultural backgrounds. If executed well, they should be a great introduction to the expansion of Dr. Seuss’s legacy.

Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, has an undeniable dominance on children’s American literature. Works like “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Lorax”  and “Green Eggs & Ham” have become household titles that both entertain and educate, commonly encouraging people to celebrate and promote individuality.

As a trailblazer for the advancement of children’s education in literature, Seuss’s depiction of the world held extraordinary value. But his legacy was made an example of by people following cancel culture.

The mass disapproval of the racist illustrations created by Seuss led to a national dispute in the literacy community on the foundation of his brand. Seuss’s cultural insensitivity from the past forced companies that supported him for years to condemn him.

With a legacy like Seuss’, the chance to highlight smaller artists of diverse backgrounds is a major opportunity. The release of these new books will serve as a door opening for future artists and the advancement of literature.

Showcasing stories from different perspectives means that there is room for evolution in Seuss’s legacy. The company used this as an opportunity to educate and help spotlight artists from underrepresented communities.

The purpose of Seuss’s books is to educate children about the unique beautiful world around us and to display it through his creative lens.

Condemning someone who has been such a major voice in the advancement of culture may have been perplexing for many, but has ultimately led to doors opening for future artists and writers inspired by Seuss.