The Hypocrisy Of Liz, Melania’s Graciousness, And Lessons From Dr. Seuss [VIDEO]

The Hypocrisy Of Liz, Melania’s Graciousness, And Lessons From Dr. Seuss [VIDEO]

The Hypocrisy Of Liz, Melania’s Graciousness, And Lessons From Dr. Seuss [VIDEO]

There’s a certain Cambridge librarian who could use a refresher course in manners. As Victory Girls Gail wrote here, Liz Phipps Soeiro rudely and ungraciously rejected a gift of 10 wonderful Dr. Seuss books from First Lady Melania Trump. Why? Well, she posted an awful lot of blather about privilege, education, and such. But what her little diatribe boils down to is that Dr. Seuss is racist. Yes, racist!

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 don’t even know what to say about this other than, ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!!

Yes, it was. Super short. Even more so when you consider THIS from said “librarian.”

The Massachusetts school librarian who rejected Melania Trump’s book donation, saying Dr. Suess books are ‘steeped in racist propaganda’, dressed up as The Cat in the Hat two years ago.

Oh, gosh! Isn’t she cute?

NO. And neither was the rudeness she displayed. Needless to say the reaction to her rudeness was inspirational in the style of Dr. Seuss!

Speaking of racist propaganda, evidently Liz only has a problem with Dr. Seuss if someone with the last name of Trump is involved. Liz had no such problem with this lady.

Yay for hypocrisy, Liz!

First Lady Melania Trump’s response was quite gracious in spite of Liz’s rudeness.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, said Trump remains committed to her efforts to help children.

“She has demonstrated this in both actions and words since her husband took office, and sending books to children across the country is but one example,” she said. “To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate.”

Unfortunate is putting it mildly. Liz, might I suggest a few lessons from Dr. Seuss himself? Lesson One:

However, that is exactly what you did. Lesson Two:

Lesson Three:

Liz, today is the day that you are remembered as ungrateful and rude, because your politics overpowered any good sense you have. Today is the day you are remembered for speaking out of turn.

Might I suggest a return visit to Whoville? Perhaps there you will learn once again that it is better to step with care and tact, and get yourself off of that ‘Not-So-Good Street.’

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  • Marta Hernandez says:

    For the record, I doubt this was about racism at all. Dr. Seuss wasn’t racist during the Obama Administration, but has all of a sudden become racist now that Trump is in office?

    No, this is an excuse to reject anything Trump, cloaked in a veil of virtue signalling. This has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with the fact that this unhinged kook hates Trump so much, she’s lost any semblance of graciousness and class.

    That is, if she had any to begin with.

    • Nina says:

      Exactly … ginned up excuses. Or in her case, politics got in way of being gracious and polite. Or maybe she’s just naturally rude all the time? Probably combo of both.

      • mer says:

        Cambridge Ma, so I’m going with the “naturally rude all the time, with politics freeing her inner beast”

  • Johnny says:

    Horton hears a hypocrite.

  • Wfjag says:

    The Librarian wasn’t clear. Was it the Green Eggs or the Ham, that was racist?

  • Dana says:

    Remember all of those white Whos, who allowed the very green Grinch to carve the roast beast.

  • Jodi Giddings says:

    A “fact” is now anything the Left believes.

  • Children's Librarian says:

    I normally just read your blog to get a sense of how people with views different than my own feel about certain “hot topics” so to speak. (I consider myself to be pretty moderate and am not affiliated with the Democrats or Republicans because I personally don’t think either party has it right.) But I’m a children’s librarian who lived and worked in public libraries in Massachusetts for 9 years and so I’ve been meaning to shed a little light on this to give a fuller piece to how these things work in a library as it were. First of all, I agree with everything that your bloggers have written. The librarian was ungrateful. She should have just accepted the books and either kept them to replace worn out copies when the time came– as it inevitably will!– or to give to other libraries. When we received donations at the last library I worked at, we always accepted them graciously and then quietly did whatever we wanted with them. Sometimes the books were given to the Friends for their book sale, sometimes we kept copies as future replacements, and sometimes we added books to the collection. I think the only time I didn’t accept donations was when it was from self-published authors and that was because we had a policy that books had to be professionally reviewed to be added to the collection. (This was more of a saving our own asses thing than anything else because librarians don’t just sit and read all day, we’re too busy helping people and doing programs!) And when I had to say no, I tried to be as gracious as possible. I never lectured, I just said it was library policy or whatever.

    I’m sure there are many libraries in and around Boston that she could have quietly given the books to. Many inner suburbs aren’t uber-wealthy like Cambridge. i can think of several off the top of my head. Not all school libraries have a librarian to help kids find books or to even update the collections. Many do not because of budget constraints. And Seuss’ books are very popular for many, many reasons. So it’s not hard to imagine that there would be worn out copies in need of replacement. That would have been a much better use of her actions. The only part of her letter I agree with is that the books should have gone to a needier school in the first place. But I’m not sure how much of that is Melania’s fault or what was done by other First Ladies. I suspect similar incidences happened in years past though.

    I also agree that she’s being hypocritical by criticizing Melania about Seuss. Yes, Seuss is controversial in some respects. But you know what? So are a lot of classic children’s books! You can find things to criticize in Marry Poppins– and her author– Narnia and many others. Many are a product of the time they were written. It doesn’t make all the author’s work bad and it certainly doesn’t mean Seuss was racist. I don’t know enough about him to say more than that, but judging by his work, I suspect the answer is more nuanced. And that’s another place Soeiro gets it wrong. She really did do this because she doesn’t like Trump or anything related to him, that much is clear. I don’t like him either. But I can still see the nuances and as I’ve said, I would have just accepted the books. This reeks of elitism to be sure. As for her list, it was ridiculous and highly political. There are other books she could have chosen that would have gotten the point across much more subtly. One is the Tacky the Penguin series by Helen Lester. It’s an older series that addresses some of the topics she was talking about, but in a much gentler way. And they’re hilarious.

    Of the responses I’ve read from former co-workers and friends, they would agree with you. And many are very liberal. This is coming off wrong to both sides of the aisle. Please don’t judge librarians by this one bad apple. We are as varied in our beliefs and political leanings as many in other professions. I didn’t always agree with my co-workers, the ALA, or the people in the community in which I worked, but I did have the sense to accept a gift graciously, or at least I hope I did. I wish Soeiro could say the same.

    • Rick j says:

      So, to be succinct, you are in agreement that this woman is an embarrassment who should not be employed in the fields of education or information.

    • Phil Lodine says:

      What a wonderful, thoughtful response! I agree 100%.

    • Khandi Howard says:

      This was a well thought out, well written reply. I greatly appreciate these types of replies when I am reading blog posts. I feel very much like you do, except I do call myself a republican, I just disagree with much of what they do (or don’t do). I nearly always read the comments because I find that I learn a lot from them. Thank you for sharing. Also, I have several librarian friends, and they could have written this post as well. 🙂

    • Nina says:

      Thank you for your insight and all you do to encourage reading and critical thinking!

    • Diggs says:

      Thank you for your response. I hope it is very apparent to you and other librarians that none of the responses to this particular hate-filled ingrate are being generalized to ALL librarians.

    • Nice answer. My wife is a children’s librarian and dislikes the Cat In The Hat for different reasons, but I can testify to the fact that this is exactly what librarians – polite ones, anyway – do with donated books.

      Great way to make people nervous about donating books to libraries.

  • Max says:

    I’ve never met a “Liz” that I liked.

  • Charles says:

    Best response so far to this lunacy, from Mike Huckabee:

    “The Ziz and The Zat”

  • gbear says:

    The poor lass is Shattered!

  • Bandit says:

    What a sad, sorry, sanctimonious little twerp – unfortuneatly some people will view what she did as courageous when it is just ungracious

  • Richard Aubrey says:

    The killer is her previous loving her some Seuss, and the internet is forever.
    Sheesh. She’s not even smart enough to know she can’t cover her tracks.

  • Achillea says:

    Evidently Ms. Soeiro is unfamiliar with the Sneetches.

  • Big Bill says:

    Bottom line: the Librarian picked a fight–as the school Librarian– with a library donor, of all people.

    She brought ridicule upon her profession, her school and her employer.

    She could have satisfied her personal morality [and presumably “saved” her minority students from “racist trauma”] by throwing the books away, burning them, whatever.

    Instead, she chose to publicly reject the gift to advance her own personal brand, while damaging that of her profession, her school, her district, and her city.

    As Trump said about Kaempernick (who repeatedly pulled the same stunt for the same reasons), she should be fired. For stupidity, if nothing else.

    To lefties, EVERYTHING is political.

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