This is a picture of Liz Phipps Soeiro, a Massachusetts elementary school librarian who recently earned her 15 minutes of fame by writing a letter rejecting Dr. Seuss books donated to the Cambridgeport Elementary School by First Lady Melania Trump.
She said that her school did not ‘need’ the books because it was well funded. There were other schools that needed the books more.
But more important Soeiro wrote in the letter to the First Lady, the school could not accept the books, which included: “The Cat in the Hat,” “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and “Green Eggs and Ham” because they contained illustrations “steeped in racist propaganda.”
“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.
The school district has made it clear that her action does not represent them. She was not authorized to accept or reject the books. They released a statement clarifying that she has been “counseled” on school policies regarding political activity.
You probably recognize this lady as someone who would be very conscious of racial propaganda.
Books were sent to schools in all 50 states as part of Read a Book Day.
Other schools seemed to be quite gracious about accepting the gift.