So much for fostering child literacy – this can go in the “no good deed goes unpunished” file.

When First Lady Melania Trump penned a letter to the students of Cambridgeport Elementary School in Massachusetts urging them to find a book “about anything that interests” them and “read about it,” she was apparently unaware that she was fostering racism instead of literacy.

Mrs. Trump’s gift, Dr. Seuss’s famed, “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” a book she says she and her son, Barron, have read over and over again, stirred the ire of school librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, who deemed it cliché and “steeped in racist propaganda.”

Disregard the fact that the librarian dressed up as Seuss’s most famous character, The Cat in the Hat, two years ago for a school library reading event held on Seuss’s birthday, the librarian evidently became aware of the “racist propaganda” in Seuss’s works for children in just the past two years.

Disregard the fact that the librarian dressed up as Seuss’s most famous character, The Cat in the Hat, two years ago for a school library reading event held on Seuss’s birthday, the librarian evidently became aware of the “racist propaganda” in Seuss’s works for children in just the past two years.

Liz Phipps Soeiro loving Dr. Seuss:

Dr. Seuss was the pseudonym of Theodor Geisel who wrote more than 60 children’s books that have sold over 600 million copies in 20 different languages.

The zany characters and situations combined with the repetition of words in doggerel poetry drew children into the world of reading as something fun, rather than dreaded schoolwork.

The first lady’s donation was part of the White House’s pledge to donate a shipment of Dr. Seuss books to one school in each state as part of National Read a Book Day.

But to librarian Soeiro, the gift was the perfect moment to make a political statement.

She cited the book “Is the Cat in the Hat Racist? Read Across America Shifts Away from Dr. Seuss and Toward Diverse Books,” by Philip Nel as her source for the accusation that Seuss books contain racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”

The First Lady’s spokeswoman issued a response stating, “To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate.”

The school district made an effort later to distance itself from Soeiro in a statement claiming her opinions do not reflect those of the school system, adding that the librarian had been, counseled on all relevant policies, including the policy against public resources being used for political purposes.”

There was no word as to whether the books donated by Mrs. Trump would be accepted after all, but it was obvious that the real victims were the kids who missed out on reading about the very naughty and very mischievous cat in “The Cat in the Hat” due to a hyper-liberal PC over-reaction to an act of simple generosity.

How do you think schools should handle situations when faculty go too far to be politically correct?

Source: Daily Mail

 
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