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Tucker Carlson: The Left Isn't Banning Dr. Seuss Because He Was Racist, But Specifically Because He Isn't


Fox News host Tucker Carlson devoted a segment on his Tuesday program to warn that some of the classic childrens' books of Dr. Seuss are not going to be republished due to racial insensitivity.

Carlson praised Dr. Seuss as an "evangelist against bigotry" and warned forgetting him would "have consequences that extend for generations."

"Dr. Seuss was not a racist," Carlson argued. "He was an evangelist against bigotry. He wrote an entire shelf of books against racism, and not in a subtle way. They were clearly, explicitly against racism. That was the whole point of writing them, to teach children not to be racist."

"What's surprising is how calculated it is," he said.

"Canceling Dr. Seuss isn't stupid. It's intentional. They're banning Dr. Seuss not because he was a racist, but precisely because he wasn't."

"There's no real difference between the two groups," he said. "They don't know that. They're convinced stars are all-important so they spend the entire story jockeying for position based on the relative star-ness ... until they realize in the uplifting final pages of the story none of it matters. Underneath the stars, they're all the same, all Sneetches. Who cares who got a star?"

"What matters isn't the group where you came from. What matters is you. Even a five-year-old gets the point of this story," Carlson argued. "At the deepest level, it doesn't matter what we look like, because underneath it all, we're all the same. We're all human beings. We're in this together. All that outward appearance stuff is pointless."

"The story is a plea for color-blindness and that's why the forces of wokeness hate it and Dr. Seuss. When the people in charge cancel Dr. Seuss, what they're really trying to eliminate is a very specific kind of midcentury American culture, a culture that championed meritocracy and color-blindness and the superiority of individual achievement over tribal identity," he explained.

"These were once called liberal values. Modern liberals don't want to be reminded they once believed any of this. If your kids are allowed to read Dr. Seuss, they will know this was a different country not so long ago, a place where people tried hard not to hate each other, a place where the population was encouraged, begged by its leaders to reject identity politics in favor of universal values and the things that connect us all."
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