For “National Read a Book Day,” Melania Trump graciously sent out a collection of 10 Dr. Seuss classics to one school in each state.
It included Oh, the Places You’ll Go! which Melania noted “is a book my son and I have read over and over again,” and wanted to share with children across the country.
But that act was enough to send one liberal elementary school librarian from Cambridge, Massachusetts into a self-righteous partisan political tirade.
Fox News reports:
Liz Phipps Soeiro, a librarian at a public school in Cambridge, wrote a letter to the first lady, which was then published on The Horn Book blog, notifying Mrs. Trump that her school would “not be keeping the titles” for their collection, explaining that her school didn’t have a “NEED” for the books, due to her school and library’s “award-winning” status.
“I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to ‘excellence,’” Soeiro wrote. “My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science.”
Soeiro went on to slam the White House and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos…
What set this librarian off?
Well, besides her clearly skewed neo-Marxist political bias, she deemed Dr. Seuss’s books unfit for her library because . . . wait for it . . . Dr. Seuss is “racist.”
“Another fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes,” Soeiro wrote, giving examples of “If I Ran a Zoo” and “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” as clear “racist mockery” in Seuss’ art.
Fox News goes on to point out that Michelle Obama frequently read Dr. Seuss without controversy.
Twitter users also discovered Ms. Soeiro once dressed as “Cat in the Hat” to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and were quick to point out the hypocrisy of her criticism.
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But looking deeper at Soeiro’s letter points to more troubling statements than her disrespectful jabs at the First Lady.
Writing about her *elementary* school’s student body, she describes it as including “a spectrum of gender expressions and identities.”
But perhaps more frightening is Ms. Soeiro’s inclusion on The Library Journal’s annual “Mover’s and Shakers” list and her previous articles published on The Horn Book, like “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School.”
In it she advocates for creating young social justice warriors in here elementary school library:
This has led to some validating civic experiences for my students; they have led the charge to effect tangible change. After first-grade students read about the environmentalist Green Belt Movement and its founder Wangari Maathai (Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson and Sonia Lynn Sadler), they met with a city councilor to talk about how their neighborhoods could be beautified to benefit not just the residents but also the Earth.
Fifth graders were dismayed when they learned the truth about Christopher Columbus and what his “discovery” meant for the indigenous people of Hispaniola and beyond. Our city’s vice mayor came into library class to educate them on how to build on their outrage: how to organize and grow a movement to achieve the change they’re looking for. And while these fifth graders have not (yet) been successful in changing the name of the holiday from “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in Cambridge, they learned a valuable lesson about committing yourself to and organizing others for a cause in which you believe. [EDITOR’S NOTE UPDATE: “The Cambridge City Council has voted unanimously to change Christopher Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”]
After another group of fifth graders read excerpts from Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century by Linda Tarrant-Reid, we invited one of the founders of our city’s Black Lives Matter chapter to come into the library to answer questions, teach us what an ally can be, and empower our students to be proud of who they are.
It’s common knowledge that Big Government propagandists have used the education system to brainwash Americans for decades, but it’s often thought of as taking place at colleges and universities — not at the elementary school level!
Parents should be wary if their school librarian is anything like Ms. Soeiro.
Now it’s no longer just what’s taught in the classroom parents need to worry about, but what their children as young as kindergarten are being exposed to in story time!
Let us know your thoughts about Ms. Soeiro and her “social justice warrior” brainwashing in the comments below.