The blowback has gotten so extreme around the six Dr. Seuss books that will no longer be published because of “racially insensitive, hurtful and wrong imagery” that the publisher, along with supporters, are now accused of “canceling culture.”

Those attempting to regain political power are calling it cancel culture, which I see as doublespeak for self-permission to inflict pain on the less fortunate. Where the nastiest voice is the one that’s heard. Where teaching a child not to steal is a joke in the boardrooms as unjustified price hikes become bragging rights. Where fighting oppression becomes an assault on freedom. Where we now find ourselves in the middle of polarization and the chaos of false cancel culture that is so threatening and cruel, we have gone mute for fear of reprisals or vanishing with the canceled.

Sue Hardesty

Newport

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