The Dr. Seuss Response To Prejudice Adults Should Revisit

From wikipedia:

At the beginning of the story, Sneetches with stars discriminate against and shun those without. A “fix-it-up chappie” named Sylvester McMonkey McBean appears and offers the Sneetches without stars the chance to have them with his Star-On machine, for three dollars. The treatment is instantly popular, but this upsets the original star-bellied Sneetches, as they are in danger of losing their special status.

McBean then tells them about his Star-Off machine, costing ten dollars, and the Sneetches who originally had stars happily pay the money to have them removed in order to remain special. However, McBean does not share the prejudices of the Sneetches, and allows the recently starred Sneetches through this machine as well. Ultimately this escalates, with the Sneetches running from one machine to the next,

“until neither the Plain nor the Star-Bellies knew
whether this one was that one… or that one was this one
or which one was what one… or what one was who.”

This continues until the Sneetches are penniless and McBean departs a rich man, amused by their folly. Despite his assertion that “you can’t teach a Sneetch,” the Sneetches learn from this experience that neither plain-belly nor star-belly Sneetches are superior, and they are able to get along and become friends.

Do you think with all of the turmoil and rhetoric that’s been encouraged, people will reconsider being so reactionary and reaffirm basic kindness and common sense Seuss-style?

9 Replies to “The Dr. Seuss Response To Prejudice Adults Should Revisit”

  1. "As time goes on you may come to realize they know EXACTLY what they're doing! Subversion and Subjugating the interests of Black Women for their own."
    I have to keep reminding myself that they know what their doing. I recently turned 24 so I guess I'm still a little naive and Its a little more comforting to think "These people are just dumb." I've gone through all your old blog post and the ones that kinda shocked me were the blog posts on Jimi Izrael and Toure: They both actually came to your site and commented. Huh? I mean really? Why would two "high profile" black men come to a women's forum (as much as I love the BWE message, I know I would be crucified if I talked about any of the issues with mainstream black folks. Gawd! Its like the French resistance during WW2. I can't imagine this message was exactly mainstream when they commented on your site.) Since, I'm a detective, I wondered if other women sites were calling out Jimi's misogyny and I found an article on Womanist Musing about his book and guess what? He went to that site and commented too! "Subversion and Subjugating the interests of Black Women for their own." You got that right! The outright policing of any negative criticism directed at them was beyond childish, it was downright sinister. Sorry to bring up old topics but recalling those old posts made me click with what your saying.

    1. It takes months or years to REALLY understand and apply BWE principles. I greatly appreciate the fact you went through the archives. mid-2009 was my wake-up alarm! I used to think it was "low-class" BM who are the male Marie Antoinettes and straight up DBRs. Afterwards I realized it was ALL of them to varying extent. Men's basic instinct is to ALWAYS put their interests first. Knowing that empowers women to watch behavior and set firm boundaries so they're not taken advantage of.

      Yes, these BW-haters still care enough about exposure to engage. I used to try to reason with them because I couldn't believe the extent of their conquered minds, inferiority complexes, envy of white men, self-hate AND specific FEAR, HATE & JEALOUSY of black women (which increases the blacker they look or if called out on their &^%*). Now I know better and put on my NigNore filter.

      They don't even have to be verbally abusive, openly aggressive, physically menacing or intentionally obtuse though most are. They can be good-looking, soft-spoken and friendly. Their apathy and silence covers the rest. The ONE "good" BM as exception, aka "purple unicorn" changes nothing!

      Once more BW accept this there will be a shift in how ALL BW are treated. It's about SUPPLY & DEMAND! I'm not invested in how BM fare in life because they've shown 1000% DISLOYALTY. If someone personally assists me that's different, but I never ASSUME.

      The MAIN opposition to BM accountability is other BW who are scared, bitter, deaf, dumb and blind. MOST of the BW reading these forums are NOT doing anything to change and they resent giving up the "BM drug" for HEALTHY interactions. They support KNOWN enemy combatants and stay tethered to Blackistan physically/mentally. Then there's the poacher/infiltrators -- esp some B W bloggers who think dating a WM means they're allies. NOPE!

      At the end of the day no one else matters. If individual BW supported each other properly no one else would be an insurmountable problem. See, I like myself. I like being black (features, skin color, nappy hair). I like being a woman. I don't feel inferior. I know who I am (and I couldn't say that when I was 24 so brava!!!!!). I can claim my AA heritage with pride. I can see areas where I need to improve but that's okay because it elevates my life.

      I don't think the more recent generations of US native black population set the necessary standards so the collective is full of the walking dead. I wish white racism WAS our main problem!

      1. "I wish white racism WAS our main problem! "
        Haha, me too. After a lot of pondering and reading ,it dawned at me that BM are against black group advancement not only because they believe blacks are inferior but because they feel the only power they have is their sexual freedom. When the time came to choose between group advancement vs getting laid they chose the latter. How embarrassing! Since that realization I lost ALL respect and attraction for them. Now when I hear the same old cliched discussions (BW get mad when BM go with WW,downtrodden negro stories etc.) they might as well be speaking in Mandarin. I wanna say "BM are of no use us: they don't want blacks to be an autonomous group and thats their choice. However, smarter BW don't want to be the servants of servants forever so were movin on!" I do get pumped when I think of smart BW supporting each other and becoming allies with people who understand the meaning of reciprocity. THATS an actual community and its becoming more of a reality everyday.

        1. You're in such a great place to avoid many pitfalls. Which is such a relief to hear!! You'll have all the friends and allies you want.

  2. Hi, Faith! Delurking here 🙂 When it come to "black issues", I sometimes honestly think this will never happen but then I remember it could happen with time *sigh* I've been reading the BWE blogs for months now so it's really hard for me listen black intelligentsia, uber liberals, feminist, and "keepin it real black folks" without wanting to bang my head into a wall. It's both darkly amusing and scary how far all these groups will go to protect BM. I'm always waiting for "real" conversation to start but that never happens. They lack so much self awareness that it could take awhile for them to wake up and I don't want to end up in The Waiting Place lol.

    1. Thanks for delurking. You've been reading for a few months. This forum is going into Year Five. As time goes on you may come to realize they know EXACTLY what they're doing! Subversion and Subjugating the interests of Black Women for their own. I wouldn't fixate on them but observing from a distance is useful. Everyone has to be vetted AND revetted. People who seem to be allies will turn on a dime when your values differential has been revealed. So it's really important to know where we stand and who we can work with.

  3. Very good! I'd never read this story before. Although Western civilization has its imperfections, it is one of the few cultures that critiques and challenges its own prejudices and injustices. While watching this video, I thought of someone from a different culture of color who told me about their parents discouraging them from playing with certain children because they didn't have the proper social designation as determined by their society. This is not the only form of discrimination practiced and encouraged by that particular culture. Unfortunately, the only injustices that people of color seem to be primarily concerned about are those they suffer at the hands of whites. They don't seem to be too concerned about the injustices they inflict upon others. I know this isn't true FOR ALL. But, it often seems to me that people of color have more commitment to their traditions and social practices than they have to social justice and equality. Actually, people of color seem to be the most infuriated at the idea that someone they considered their inferior would be "equalized" and considered on their level. Stories like this remind me why I appreciate Western culture.

    1. Well, I see overall discrimination as a three-tiered issue. You have intra-race/cultural conflicts, inter-race/cultural conflicts and further issues stemming from the establishment of this "people of color" meme.

      I'm not going to delve too deeply into this for my reply, as it's one of the core problems with African Americans. We've covered this extensively across numerous posts.

      AA women are still not putting their interests first though. That's where the focus should be because that's standard behavior and outlook for EVERYBODY ELSE!

      Check out Khadija's series at Muslim Bushido as she was the only blogger who REALLY delved into this with such precision --
      http://muslimbushido.blogspot.com/2008/09/charity

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