Another blow to the First Lady!
Melania Trump’s donation to an elementary school library didn’t quite go according to plan, as the books were reportedly rejected by the school librarian. Ouch!
The First Lady planned to send ten Dr Seuss books to one school in each state as part of ‘National Read a Book Day’. But when she attempted to send them to Cambridgeport Elementary School, librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro insisted that her pupils didn’t need them.
So why did she reject Melania Trump’s donation? There’s quite a few reasons, actually…
“I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to ‘excellence,'” she wrote in a blog post.
“My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science.
“Why not go out of your way to gift books to underfunded and underprivileged communities that continue to be marginalised and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos?”
We guess we can see where she is coming from. But that’s not all. She also argued that Dr Seuss’ illustrations are “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures and harmful stereotypes” and there is “racist mockery” in his artwork.
Liz Phipps Soiero wasn’t complete ungrateful though; she agreed that it was a “wonderful gesture” because there is “no better gift for children than books,” but it should have been “better thought out”.
Where do you guys stand?