Dr. Seuss Museum Mural Accused of Being Racist


A mural displayed at the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts has received backlash for being racist.

The mural features different drawings from the author's first children's book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street."

The museum says it may be moved after three other children's authors, Mo Willems, Mike Curato and Lisa Yee say the art contains a "jarring racial stereotype."

"We recently learned that a key component of this institution honoring Dr. Seuss features a mural depicting a scene from his first book, 'And to Think That I Saw It on Mullberry Street,' and within the selected art is a jarring racial stereotype of a Chinese man, who is depicted with chopsticks, a pointed hat and slanted slit eyes. We find this caricature of 'the Chinaman' deeply hurtful, and we have concerns about children's exposure to it." 

Chinese-American developer Andy Yee and businessman Peter Picknelly said they're willing to buy the mural if it's removed.

Picknelly called the criticism "political correctness gone insane" and Yee says it would be changing history.

"That's my ancestors coming to this country in the 1930s. We did not come wearing Louis Vuitton and Gucci."


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