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Monday, April 14, 2008

The End of Innocence

Gasp! I stumbled across these on the net. Dr. Seuss drew racist anti-Japanese propaganda pictures during WWII. How could you Dr. Seuss! Most Asian people don't have super slanty eyes and bunny teeth! (No offense BF.) Can you believe in anyone any more these days? Even Dr. Seuss caved into racial stereotypes. There goes the last drop of my innocence...

The caption says: waiting for the signal from home... oh now I know what fifth column means...

No explanation needed...


Anonymous said...

its all politics. what makes me sick is that stereotyping of the the Asian people is still largely visible in the American mainstream media today. Hollywood movies featuring demonized asians as Fu Manchu-like villains, not to mention the only positive characters played by asian males are either a kung fu master or a nerdy kid with thick glasses who you cheat your exams from in school. Oh and the all-fabulous William Hung.....

Anonymous said...

considering the fact that asian americans make up 5% of the U.S. population today, it is time to stop this nonsense.

Anonymous said...

To his credit, Dr Suess later saw the error of his opinion. His book "Horton Hears a Who" is said to be a metaphor for the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII, and was dedicated to a Japanese friend. It is ironic, however, that he (and his widow after him) threatened legal action against a group that would have applied Horton's most famous line "a person's a person no matter how small" to fetuses. I guess his magnanimity still had it's limits.

Anonymous said...

A lot of people forget that he wasn't always a famous children's poet. He started as a cartoonist and while I disagree with his material at the time it was the American sentiment and if you were working for a paper you were told the kinds of drawings they wanted. He had to put food on the table somehow.

Anonymous said...

"a person's a person no matter how small"

you callin' asians short?

carrie said...

huh. wow.

Anonymous said...

I see we still have our fair share of generational chauvinist. Cut the man some slack and learn from his mistakes.

Anonymous said...

Look at it this way, dr. seuss did some stuff he was not proud of......but who doesn't? he did things that were morally 50 years later. Don't criticize the man for his past but embrace him for his contribution to children's literature. Can you remember a time when you loved something so much that you did not care what was wrong with it......children are like that. Dont down someone who gave all those years to the kids books a bad reputation because of a checkered history.

Anonymous said...

ha ha very funny

Anonymous said...

Well, i think it should be mentioned, in fairness to this great man, that before he started to write childrens books he wrote politcal comics. he did, so did ben franklin, and just about every cool person out there. just because they write what people want to see doesn't make them bad. we all do it sometimes.

and asians are cool.

Anonymous said...

amen to that

Anonymous said...

"5th. column" means "inside job". It was adressed in a radio broadcast by a spanish general, during the Spanish Civil War. Usually, 'fifth column' was applied by western propaganda against leftist groups and governments. More at:

lyndley said...

History is always hard to decode and moralize... and hindsight is always a wonderful position to hold. I was saddened by this cartoon and sort of always saw Seuss as a defender of what's right (Stars on bellies and Lorax etc.) but pleased to see the civil discourse that has been shared on this blog. Will be teaching Japanese Internment to my students tomorrow and will warm them up with this image... got to love primary sources.

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