Online marketplace eBay Inc. is now saying that they will pull six Dr. Seuss book titles for their allegedly “insensitive and racist imagery” yet they are still reportedly selling copies of “Mein Kampf.”
Sales for the children’s books are skyrocketing. They are the most popular books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble currently and are selling out. Both companies are rating Dr. Seuss’s books as nine out of their top ten bestsellers as of Thursday evening, Fox News reported. The beloved books are being digitally book-burned and families are racing to get copies.
“The Cat in The Hat,” “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” which are three of Seuss’s most popular books are being bought up at a tremendous pace due to fear of censorship as six of his books are now being banned on various platforms. Those books include: “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.” Those books are no longer being published by Dr. Seuss Enterprises after cancel-culture pressure and accusations of racism.
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in a statement to the Associated Press. They released the statement on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2. “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 said.
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Prices started skyrocketing on Thursday and even used editions of the now out-of-print children’s classics started selling for hundreds of dollars on Amazon. One independent seller listed a “good” hardback copy of “The Cat’s Quizzer” for $900.
eBay has announced that they are actively working to prevent any resale of the six books while still allowing the sale of the manifesto by Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler, “Mein Kampf.” They are citing their policy on “hate and discrimination.”
Hundreds of sellers were still trying to sell copies of the books on eBay Thursday with the disclaimer that they are being “banned.” One listing for four of the censored books was going for a staggering $2,000.
Folks on social media were reporting their experiences, saying they weren’t allowed to sell Dr. Seusss books, but could find real offensive and questionable material still available:
I could sell Mein Kampf but not And to Think that I Saw it On Mulberry Street because it’s “hateful”. pic.twitter.com/nUqK8wuOLf
— Cʜɪᴢᴀᴅ ⚜️🥃 (@AUChizad) March 4, 2021
“eBay is currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items,” a spokeswoman for eBay stated in an email:
“At eBay, we have a strict policy against hate and discrimination to ensure our platform remains a safe, trusted, and inclusive environment for our global community of buyers and sellers,” eBay Corporate Communications Specialist Parmita Choudhury stated. “We’re currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items. It can take some time to review all existing listings and provide education to impacted users. We’re also monitoring the newly published list to be reviewed.”
You can’t make this stuff up. @eBay is blocking my listing of @DrSeuss’s “The Cat’s Quizzer” & citing it as offensive material. Yet anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan’s books are okay? #cancelcancelculture pic.twitter.com/9Au62lagcW
— Clare Ath (@clare_ath) March 4, 2021
The images being objected to include an Asian individual who is wearing a conical hat and using chopsticks in “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and two African men that are attired in grass skirts in “If I Ran the Zoo.”
Seuss’s stepdaughter stated: “There wasn’t a racist bone in that man’s body — he was so acutely aware of the world around him and cared so much.”
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