Yesterday it was reported that Melania Trump decided to donate some books to school children throughout the state of Massachusetts, including the children at Cambridge Port Elementary School. The gift was in light of National Read a Book Day, which Melania Trump, being the First Lady of the United States, felt appropriate to honor.
“Getting an education is perhaps the most important and wondrous opportunity of your young lives,” Melania said in a letter to the children who will be receiving books.
Most schools throughout the state accepted the books. But one elementary school decided to take a different course of action. Rather than accepting the gift, like most schools, the librarian at Cambridge Port Elementary school, Liz Phipps Soerio, denied the gift because she doesn't like Melania's husband.
The librarian then remarked that Melania's book choice was racist. In particular, the themes and images found in Dr. Seuss were believed by the librarian to be racist.
The librarian’s editorial also criticizes the First Lady’s book selections, which include apparently controversial titles such as The Cat in the Hat; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; The Foot Book; Green Eggs and Ham; and Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
On top of that, the librarian also took the opportunity to criticize President Trump's decision to appoint Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education. Apparently, the librarian thinks that DeVos' education policies are counterproductive and, as a result, does not want Melania Trump to donate Dr. Seuss books to little children.
According to The Hill, the librarian has received very little support after her decision to refuse Melania Trump's book donation for National Read a Book Day.
In particular, it was reported that mayor of Springfield Mass. Domenic J. Sarnohas invited the entire Trump family to visit its Dr. Seuss museum, in order to express support for Trump and what he believed to be a perfectly acceptable and non-controversial selection of books.
“’One fish — two fish — red fish — blue fish’ – I think her comments ‘stink’ and are ridiculous towards our beloved Dr. Seuss,” he wrote.
He then refuted the librarians claim that Dr. Seuss' illustrations are racist, calling the comments "political correctness at its worse."
“Dr. Seuss books continue to be a strong tool in our city’s marked improvements in our reading retention programs,” Sarno wrote. “By the way, kudos to First Lady Melania Trump for her generous offer to donate Dr. Seuss books to that Cambridge school library —they don’t want them — we’ll take them.”
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