In a beautiful act of charity, Melania Trump sent a package of books to one school in each state. One librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, in Cambridge, Massachusetts refused the charity and claimed that the Dr. Seuss books she sent were ‘racist’.
She started by attacking Melania for sending the books to her school rather than a less privileged
school “Cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit are suffering through expansion, privatization, and school “choice” with no interest in outcomes of children, their families, their teachers, and their schools. Are those kids any less deserving of books simply because of circumstances beyond their control? Why not go out of your way to gift books to underfunded and underprivileged communities that continue to be marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos?” she wrote.
Then she attacked Dr. Seuss. “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,” she wrote.
“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,” she wrote.
Melania shut down the ungrateful librarian’s in a White House Statement. “Mrs. Trump intends to use her platform as First Lady to help as many children as she can,” they wrote. “Turning the gesture of sending young school children books into something divisive is unfortunate but the First Lady remains committed to her efforts on behalf of children everywhere.”