Dr. Seuss is generally known as a beloved author of children's books. His works have spawned numerous spin-offs, movies and television shows. His plots have been praised as highlighting the absurdity of human nature and calling on people to be better versions of themselves.
But a study published this month claims his work is racist, and it joins a growing chorus of voices deeming the iconic author problematic.
The study is titled "The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss's Children's Books."
It is co-authored by Katie Ishizuka of the The Conscious Kid Library and Ramón Stephens, a PhD student in education at the University of California, San Diego. They describe themselves as "critical race scholar-activists."
The two interpreted the late author's works as "dehumanizing and degrading" to "Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and people from other marginalized groups (including Jewish people and Muslims)," largely because non-white characters were illustrated in stereotypical fashions, they argued.