The Massachusetts elementary school librarian who rejected Dr. Seuss books donated by First Lady Melania Trump because the publication’s artwork contained “racist mockery.” Last year this woman was previously photographed dressed as the “Cat in the Hat” and holding a “Green Eggs and Ham” themed breakfast.
Liz Phipps Soeiro was busted Friday by Twitter users after she snubbed the First Lady’s donation to the Cambridgeport Elementary School. Soeiro wrote in a letter to Trump that the school could not accept the books, which included: “The Cat in the Hat,” “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Yet Soeiro was seen in a March 2015 photo from the school’s Twitter account holding a Cat in the Hat doll in one hand, a Green Eggs and Ham book in the other and Dr. Seuss-style stockings and hat — and smiling while doing so.
But Soeiro said the school would “not be keeping the titles” for its collection because the institution “does not have a “NEED” for the books.
It was unclear if the school actually rejected the titles.
“I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to ‘excellence,’” Soeiro wrote. “My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science.”
Soeiro also said the books by Dr. Seuss contained illustrations “steeped in racist propaganda.”
“Another fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes,” Soeiro wrote, giving examples of “If I Ran a Zoo” and “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” as clear “racist mockery” in Seuss’ art.
Twitter sleuths took little time finding Cambridge Public Schools Librarian Liz Phipps Soiero’s feed and digging into old posts after she raised eyebrows this week with her public rejection of an honorary gift from the White House of 10 embossed Dr. Seuss books.
Several of the pictures uncovered and reposted by users show Soiero at the school in question — Cambridgeport Elementary School in Cambridge — wearing the character’s signature red-and-white hat and matching stockings, cradling a Cat in the Hat doll.
By way of explanation, Soiero penned a widely panned open letter to First Lady Melania Trump, which she in part described Seuss’s most famed creation as having roots in the days of “blackface minstrelsy,” citing a few academic articles on the topic.
The letter was addressed to Trump because the First Lady had sent these book bundles to several dozen schools having “achieved high standards of excellence” to commemorate National Read a Book Day, Sept. 6. Though the progressive minded parents may be fine with the letter, While he Cambridge School District was quick to distance itself from it. “The employee was not authorized to accept or reject donated books on behalf of the school or school district,” it wrote in a statement. “We have counseled the employee on all relevant policies, including the policy against public resources being used for political purposes.”
While the kids at Cambridgeport School may not be getting any books from the First Lady, Soeiro did mention that they were very impressed with the White House.
Melania Trump is having her say after a Massachusetts school librarian rejected the first lady’s donation of Dr. Seuss books because they’re racist and unneeded.
“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,” Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement to USA TODAY on Friday.
Grisham said Trump intends to use her platform as FLOTUS “to help as many children as she can. She has demonstrated this in both actions and words since her husband took office, and sending books to children across the country is but one example.”
The continuing show off’s who more than likely are being paid to knock the Trumps should do their homework:
The childlike actions over Dr. Seuss provided more grist for another grinding clash between Trump and Trump critics, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans. But the book donation program has been an annual gesture by previous first ladies for years; in fact, both Barbara and Laura Bush put reading and literacy near the top of their agendas.
And, as some Trump-supporting tweeters pointed out, former President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were photographed multiple times over the years reading Seuss classics to children, including Green Eggs and Ham and Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You.
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