- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 4, 2021

EBay is working to remove hundreds of listings for Dr. Seuss books that will no longer be printed over allegations of perpetuating racist stereotypes.

After Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced Tuesday it would stop publishing six titles from the late children’s author, copies of those titles started popping up on eBay for hundreds, even thousands of dollars.

EBay is currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items,” an eBay spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal in an email Thursday.

Hundreds of listings for the books still remained on the site as of Thursday afternoon. The eBay spokeswoman said it would take some time to review the current listings and monitor the new ones, the Journal reported.

In a statement coinciding with Dr. Seuss‘ birthday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises said it had reviewed its catalog of titles and made the decision to cease publication and licensing for the books, “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.”



“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” the organization said. “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”

Newsweek’s James Crowley reported that his own copy of “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” which he listed on eBay late Tuesday afternoon, was taken down Thursday morning because it violated an “offensive material policy.” 

“Listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination aren’t allowed,” eBay said in an automated email, Mr Crowley wrote. “Dr. Seuss Enterprises has stopped publication of this book due to its negative portrayal of some ethnicities. As a courtesy, we have ended your item and refunded your selling fees, and as long as you do not relist the item, there will be no negative impact to your account.”

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