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Librarian Who Rejected First Lady's Dr. Seuss Books Once Dressed as 'Cat in the Hat'

First Lady Melania Trump. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

The Massachusetts elementary school librarian who wrote a long, pretentious letter citing racism as one of the many reasons she rejected Dr. Seuss books donated by First Lady Melania Trump is facing a backlash today. While Liz Phipps Soeiro personifies the unfortunate stereotype of a librarian as a “brittle, shrewish scold,” she is being scorched today for being something even worse  — a raging hypocrite.

“My school doesn’t have a NEED for these books,” Soeiro haughtily informed the first lady in her letter.  “You may not be aware of this, but Dr. Seuss is a bit of a cliché, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature.”

As obnoxious as that was, she really went off the rails with this virtue-signalling nonsense:

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.

There’s a reason “many people are unaware” of this. It’s because most people aren’t crazy enough to embrace such racialist garbage. Neither was Soeiro only two and a half years ago, apparently.

In March of 2015, she was photographed dressed as the Cat in the Hat during a “Green Eggs and Ham”-themed breakfast. A photo from the school’s Twitter account shows Soeiro wearing Dr. Seuss-style stockings and hat while holding a Cat in the Hat doll in one hand and a Green Eggs and Ham book in the other.

Look at Soeiro’s big smile as she pushed “racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes” on innocent children:

Twitter users were quick to roast Soeiro — Seuss style:

https://twitter.com/CrankyGordon/status/913762225155911680

https://twitter.com/CrankyGordon/status/913759488380932101

https://twitter.com/TheRickCanton/status/913761003719974912

The First Lady’s office responded to the brouhaha today, calling it “unfortunate.”

The mayor of Dr. Seuss’ hometown — Springfield, Massachusetts —  is also not amused.

“‘One fish — two fish — red fish — blue fish’ — I think her comments ‘stink’ and are ridiculous towards our beloved Dr. Seuss,” Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said in a press release Thursday evening. “Her comments that this is ‘racist propaganda and that Dr. Seuss is a bit of a cliche and a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature’ is ‘political correctness’ at its worst.”

I think the mayor nailed it.