In an apparent bout of Trump Derangement Syndrome, a school librarian in Cambridge, MA has refused a donation of Dr. Seuss books given by Melania Trump. The school was chosen as one of the high-achieving schools across the country to receive the gift from the First Lady, in honor of National Read a Book Day. Instead of graciously accepting the books librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro, of Cambridgeport Elementary, rejected the donation and issued an open letter to Melania, calling the author’s work “racist propaganda.”
“Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes. Open one of his books and you’ll see the racist mockery in his art.” -Liz Phipps Soeiro
A tweet from an official school account dated March 3, 2015 shows Soeiro dressed for the occasion, as they celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday. She looks so outraged, doesn’t she?
Dr. Seuss did use stereotypes in his early career while illustrating for Life, Vanity Fair and working in Standard Oil’s advertising department. However, it is important to remember that it was a different time. Many examples were anti-German or anti-Japanese and World War II was in full swing. Such things were commonplace and as a society we have grown past that. As for his books, both Horton Hears a Who and The Sneetches show examples of how it is wrong to judge others over arbitrary differences. “A person is a person no matter how small,” after all. If we are going to chastise Dr. Seuss let’s begin with Disney and Warner Brothers. Oh that’s right, they removed their objectionable material from syndication and everybody moved on. A seemingly foreign concept for the snowflakes of today.
As First Lady, Michelle Obama had read Dr. Seuss books to groups of young children, on several occasions.
I guess she was trying to indoctrinate them with “racist propaganda” while they were young and impressionable. Or could it just be that the racism label only applies when a Trump is involved. It is likely that saw this as her one big chance to hop on her ever so virtuous high horse and “make a difference.” If the books were donated by any other person or group would her reaction have been the same? My money is on no.