'They Still Allow Mein Kampf': Netizens Rip eBay for Removing Dr. Seuss Book Listings

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Dr. Seuss Enterprises (DSE), a company that oversees the famed children's book author's legacy, issued a statement earlier this week announcing it would cease publishing and selling six books, including "And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street," because "these books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong."

Those looking to purchase the discontinued Dr. Seuss literature reached a roadblock with eBay after the company recently decided to begin delisting the books.

"eBay is currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items," a company spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. 

The books impacted by the decision 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."

For example, Dr. Seuss' "If I Ran the Zoo" depicts African characters as monkeys and describes Asian characters as "helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant." 

Vendors and consumers alike took to Twitter Thursday to call attention to the abrupt decision to pull the books from the marketplace. 

 

Many social media users highlighted the fact that other books deemed to be discriminatory and/or extremist, like Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler's autobiography "Mein Kampf," were still available for purchase on the website, despite its policy

Dr. Seuss publisher Random House Children Books noted in a Tuesday statement that DSE's decision came after the books' content underwent a 2020 panel review. The move also comes as Dr. Seuss books like "Horton Hear a Who" and "The Sneetches" are becoming included in anti-racism and diversity curricula for US students.  

"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 DSE statement provided to the Associated Press read.

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