A librarian turned down an offer of free books for the school she works for because the books have been deemed to be racist and they came from Melania Trump. So, what were these outrageously racist books that Melania tried to give to the schools? The KKK handbook? White Supremacy for Dummies? Nope, worse. Much worse….Dr Seuss. Oh, the humanity. What was Melania thinking?
The librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro of the Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, rejected the books in a lengthy missive denouncing Dr Seuss, Melania Trump and Education Secretary Betsy Devos, who had absolutely nothing to do with the gift. It’s the old story about the deranged liberal who looks back on his or her life and sees nothing but total and utter failure and then feel the need to denigrate everyone who succeeds in life as revenge.
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So, my school doesn’t have a NEED for these books. And then there’s the matter of the books themselves. You may not be aware of this, but Dr. Seuss is a bit of a cliché, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature. As First Lady of the United States, you have an incredible platform with world-class resources at your fingertips. Just down the street you have access to a phenomenal children’s librarian: Dr. Carla Hayden, the current Librarian of Congress. I have no doubt Dr. Hayden would have given you some stellar recommendations.
Another fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes. Open one of his books (If I Ran a Zoo or And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, for example), and you’ll see the racist mockery in his art. Grace Hwang Lynch’s School Library Journal article, “Is the Cat in the Hat Racist? Read Across America Shifts Away from Dr. Seuss and Toward Diverse Books,” reports on Katie Ishizuka’s work analyzing the minstrel characteristics and trope nature of Seuss’s characters. Scholar Philip Nel’s new book, Was the Cat in the Hat Black? The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books, further explores and shines a spotlight on the systemic racism and oppression in education and literature.
As you may have guessed, the books she picked out all had liberal ideological themes. After rejecting the books, and writing a political missive denigrating everything Trump, Melania and otherwise, this alleged librarian was probably feeling good about herself…..until…
Soeiro was called into the office and counseled (Translated: Read the riot act) as it was pointed out to her that as a mere employee, she does not have the power to accept or reject books and furthermore it was pointed out to her that it is strictly forbidden to use school time and materials for political purposes.
The school will be accepting the books and if Soeira has any ethics at all, she will immediately resign rather than to have to be in the same library with…gasp…Dr Seuss. I’m betting she won’t but at least one more haughty liberal was put in her place even though they won’t be sending her for a liberal derangement evaluation like they should.
Exit question: Would reading Dr. Seuss books make the former First Lady racist?
Can you say, “oops?”
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