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Librarian Who Slammed Melania Over ‘Racist’ Dr. Seuss Books Dressed As Cat In The Hat For Seuss’ Birthday

In her lengthy open letter to Melania Trump, Cambridge school librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, claimed that the illustrations in the books of Dr. Seuss “are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”

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. Scholar Philip Nel’s new book, Was the Cat in the Hat Black? The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books, further explores and shines a spotlight on the systemic racism and oppression in education and literature.

Considering her alleged disdain for Dr. Seuss, one must wonder why, to celebrate the birthday of the prolific author in 2015, Soeiro dressed up as The Cat in The Hat to read Green Eggs and Ham to kindergarteners and first-graders:

There are two possibilities:

  1. Liz Phipps Soeiro dislikes Donald and Melania Trump so much that she found a way to not only tarnish the First Lady’s donation, but make it about race in order to further the current anti-Trump narrative.
  2. It was only recently that Soeiro discovered that Dr. Seuss’ work is “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”

To be fair, the pieces cited by Soeiro regarding allegations of racism on the part of Dr. Seuss were published in 2017, so it is possible that she only recently came to the belief that Seuss was a racist.

However, even if that is the case, the way in which Soeiro includes this bit of information in her open letter is clearly intended to show her superiority and wokeness, and make Melania, as well as anyone who support the First Lady or the Trump administration, look like ignorant, racist buffoons.

In the end, Liz Phipps Soeiro wanted desperately to show her disdain for all things Trump, and she found a way to do that — even if it was by smacking Melania Trump over her generous donation of children’s literature.

H/T: Washington Free Beacon