The removal of a mural showing a classic illustration from the Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield is a sad example of how surrendering to the forces of emotional hypochondria leads to irrelevance.
In October, three children’s authors cancelled a scheduled joint appearance at The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum because a mural from Dr. Seuss’s 1937 book And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street showed an image from the book of a Chinese man wearing a traditional hat eating noodles from a bowl with chopsticks.
The authors released a statement calling the image “a form of racism,” along with other absurdities, such as this: “For some children who visit the museum, their only form of interaction with Asian representation might be that painting.”
Yeah, right. And those same impressionable kids probably think that China depends on the Dragon Warrior from Kung Fu Panda for national defense.