The propensity to effectively trash everything construed as offensive, when everything is offensive to somebody, and in the process revise history, is the latest twist in cultural stagnation.
A trio of suspected authors took a collective offense to a mural at the Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, and according to Fox News, escalated their dismay for the artwork by threatening to boycott a Children’s Literature Festival. Ultimately, staff at the museum capitulated to their demands, offering to mothball the mural which features a caricature of an Asian man from Seuss’s first book, “And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street.”
Much to the disappointment and angst of parents and children, the museum has postponed the literary event, a reality that is probably lost on the alleged cerebral protesting writers. According to the warped ideals, every animated production and comic book crafted before the 1980’s could probably prompt a legal insurrection spawned by the ACLU.
This is not the first or the last incident in regards to interpreting the artwork of Seuss as racially charged. With the popularity, influence and history of his works, as well as his obvious race, the era in which he launched his creative legacy is an easy target for cultural revisionists and instigators for the group think mentality for the passive control of society.
The issue that plagues many of the warped warriors for social justice, is the complete blindness fueled by the naivety and ugliness of previous generations in generating a torch and pitchfork wielding crusade that each and every apparent discretion and injustice in the world should be wiped clean and erased from history. As is the case with the drawing of the “Chinese man”, rather than featuring the artwork in promoting dialogue, providing a history lesson and teaching moment from museum staff or parents, certain individuals are so inclined to cauterize the echoes of supposed wounds from the past, that all perspective is lost.
We must not forget history and embrace the progress that has been made, and openly discuss the things that went wrong. The irony is that those who possess a self-proclaimed “open mind,” are typically at the forefront of the latest book burning festival or the condemning of the arts with ample propane and hypocrisy in hand.
Read the full Fox New Story here.