Reading? *pfaff*

it’s called Progress™ for a Reason Feeeeling

September 6 was National Read a Book Day and Melania Trump gave a box of Dr Seuss books to one school in each state, along with a lovely letter about her reading Oh, the Places You’ll Go with her son.

Remember, the key to achieving your dreams begins with learning to read. Find what you enjoy, anything that interests you, and read about it. Every page will take you on an exiting journey.

Great First Lady business, eh? And good advice. Reading — as enJOYment — is key to life-long learning.

Butt Wait!!

Liz Phipps Soeiro, School Librarian, Cambridge MA has declined the gift of books.

Thank you for the ten Dr. Seuss titles that you sent my school library in recognition of this year’s National Read a Book Day. (Sent second-day air, no less! That must have been expensive.)

Nice… Teh ol’ Thank-you-*snark* move…

Liz then goes on to extoll the virtues of her skool bla bla bla… Then:

Even so, we still struggle to close the achievement gap, retain teachers of color, and dismantle the systemic white supremacy in our institution. But hell, we test well! And in the end, it appears that data — and not children — are what matters.

Yeah… there’s a clue to what’s coming.

So, my school doesn’t have a NEED for these books. And then there’s the matter of the books themselves.

… 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.

So the fact that *I* never saw “racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes” – was totally unaware of that interpretation – means *I* am a DirtyBad White Raaaacist™.
The fact that *they* saw all that means *they are SparklyGood Enlightened™.
huh. Fancy that.

I am honored that you recognized my students and our school. I can think of no better gift for children than books; it was a wonderful gesture, if one that could have been better thought out.

I guess the grace and politeness of just accepting a gift, saying ‘Thank You’, and hiding it in a box somewhere is passe? Everything is now an opportunity to shout your political beliefs.

Here’s the list of books Liz tells Mrs. Trump she should have given her skool.

Mrs. Trump, you sent ten picture books, so I will recommend ten as well — but there are so many more! My wish is that these books will help you see:

 the beautiful resilience of children who stand up to racism and oppression and for social justice and reform;

children who are trying to connect with parents who are incarcerated simply because of their immigration status;

children who integrate aspects of their own cultures and countries of origin into their new country;

children whose parents risked everything to enter the U.S. so they can have a chance at a future free from violence and/or poverty;

children who challenge society’s social constraints and are accepted and loved as who they say they are.

Books like:

Red: A Crayon’s Story Crayon Red is labeled red, but he colors blue, which creates frustration for the other crayons and thus Red himself. Red struggles until new friend Berry asks him to make a blue ocean. Once he lets go of his label, everything turns around, including the other crayons’ minds.

That from someone who labels every child in her skool??!?

I’m proud that you recognized my school as something special. It truly is. Our beautiful and diverse student body is made up of children from all over the world; from different socioeconomic statuses; with a spectrum of gender expressions and identities; with a range of abilities; and of varied racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

So many kids, so many pigeon-holes, so little time… So many kids to discourage from reading by shoving stupid books at ‘em. Poor overworked Liz!

Melania responds:

“Mrs. Trump intends to use her platform as First Lady to help as many children as she can. She has demonstrated this in both actions and words since her husband took office, and sending books to schools across the country is but one example,” said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director. “Turning the gesture of sending young school children books into something divisive is unfortunate, but the First Lady remains committed to her efforts on behalf of children everywhere.”


  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 8:03 am |

    Every page will take you on an exiting journey.
    Yeah, for the Left. Common sense, logic and facts exited their minds ages ago.

  2. mech
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 8:40 am |

    Has she read Farenheit 451?

  3. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 8:46 am |

    Here’s that racist bigot librarian back in 2015…

  4. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 8:50 am |

    March 2 is also the birthday of one of America’s revered wordsmiths. Theodor Seuss Geisel — or Dr. Seuss — used his incredible talent to instill in his most impressionable readers universal values we all hold dear. Through a prolific collection of stories, he made children see that reading is fun, and in the process, he emphasized respect for all; pushed us to accept ourselves for who we are; challenged preconceived notions and encouraged trying new things; and by example, taught us that we are limited by nothing but the range of our aspirations and the vibrancy of our imaginations. And for older lovers of literature, he reminded us not to take ourselves too seriously, creating wacky and wild characters and envisioning creative and colorful places.

    President Barack Obama Presidential Proclamation March 2016

  5. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 8:51 am |

    Given how she views Dr Suess, now,
    it’d be interesting to know the result of Liz’s Rorschach tests.

  6. USMC2841
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 9:47 am |

  7. neal
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 2:49 pm |

    So the wealthy supermodel married to the POTUS dared to appropriate her pussy? Crazy cat lady is not amused. Burn the traitor!

  8. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 8:12 pm |

  9. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 8:35 pm |

    Apologies to Melania.
    She’d never say that,
    but she couuuld…
    in five languages.