Librarian Who Rebuked Melania for Promoting Dr. Seuss Just Got Some Bad News

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September 29, 2017Sep 29, 2017

Here’s a story that is going to have you laughing out loud and wondering just how ridiculous some liberals in our education system can get.

Recently, First Lady Melania Trump visited an elementary school in Massachusetts to hand out books to the kids. She made what seemed like a safe choice, giving out 10 popular titles from one of the most beloved childhood authors in America — Dr. Seuss. But to one librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro of Cambridgeport Elementary School, it was one of the biggest slaps in the face imaginable.

In an angry, rebuking letter, Soeiro tore first into Melania’s choice of her school as one needing a donation of books. She ranted about disproportionate school funding, white supremacy throughout the education system, and the evils of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

But then scolded Melania on her choice of Dr. Seuss as well, claiming titles like “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat,” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” are filled with illustrations “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.” She referenced anti-Seuss books like “Was the Cat in the Hat Black? The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature” in arguing that Melania’s selection was part of the “systemic racism and oppression in education and literature.”

Soeiro made it clear that she could not accept Melania’s gift but offered her an alternative selection, including children’s book “Red: A Crayon’s Story,” that seemed to have a general lack of stories about legal American immigrants and American children. It also included no childhood classics, as the oldest book on the list was copyrighted in 2014.

But after her criticism of Melania’s Dr. Seuss selection went viral, Soeiro got hit with some bad news when Internet users revealed that Soeiro doesn’t actually have a problem with Dr. Seuss. She just has a problem with Melania. This tweet from 2015 was discovered on Cambridgeport Elementary School’s Twitter page:

https://twitter.com/Cport_Special/status/572793892287991810

Whoops! But Soeiro’s criticism of Melania and Dr. Seuss backfired on her even more when it was discovered that both former First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama were huge proponents of Dr. Seuss during Obama’s presidency. Boston Herald contributor Howie Carr revealed this photo of Michelle at the White House in 2015:

The horror! And the following March, President Obama made a proclamation to “one of America’s revered wordsmiths,” saying that Theodor Seuss Geisel “used his incredible talent to instill in his most impressionable readers' universal values we all hold dear.”

Oh, the humanity! Melania’s office fired back at Soeiro on Friday, according to Fox News.

The first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham released a statement saying that Melania simply wants to help children, and that “sending books to children across the country is but one example. To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate, but the First Lady remains committed to her efforts on behalf of children everywhere."

Even Soeiro’s own school district is distancing themselves from her, making it known that she was not authorized to reject Melania’s gift and has been “counseled” on the district’s policy on accepting gifts, according to the Boston Globe.

“The opinions expressed in [Soeiro’s letter to Melania] were those of the writer, and not a statement on behalf of Cambridge Public Schools,” the school district made clear. “While we enthusiastically support the political engagement and passion of our employees, in this instance the editorial posted online gave the impression that the statement reflected the position or actions of the Cambridge Public Schools. Our school district did not authorize any such statement.”

The school has since been flooded with phone calls.

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