A librarian at a Cambridgeport Elementary School is in hot water after how she poorly treated the First Lady of the United States of America. The First Lady had sent Dr. Suess books to schools across the country.
The name of the women is Liz Phipps Soeiro and she wrote a blog post published at Horn Book’s Family Reading Blog. Soeiro said:
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, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature. 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. Grace Hwang Lynch’s School Library Journal article, “Is the Cat in the Hat Racist? Read Across America Shifts Away from Dr. Seuss and Toward Diverse Books,” reports on Katie Ishizuka’s work analyzing the minstrel characteristics and trope nature of Seuss’s characters.
I guess Soeiro wasn’t aware of this.
Even the Mayor of Springfield, Massachuttes (Springfield, MA is the hometown of Dr. Suess) was furious with the Cambridge librarian.
“One fish – two fish – red fish – blue fish’ – I think her comments ‘stink’ and are ridiculous towards our beloved Dr. Seuss,” Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said in a press release Thursday evening, according to MassLive.com. “Her comments that this is ‘racist propaganda and that Dr. Seuss is a bit of a cliche and a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature’ is ‘political correctness’ at its worst.”
The First Lady has fired back saying, “To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate.”
Social media also has not been kind to Soeiro.
Soeiro continued to say in her blog post that her school has enough money and her kids are smart enough they don’t need those books and sent them back. Of course, she could have donated them to another library locally that could have used them but, that means she would have to look beyond her partisan politics.
Hey Soeiro in the future before you remove a speck of dust from someone’s eye yank the plank out of yours!
Source: CBS News