An elementary school librarian triggers a new national debate by rejecting Melania Trump's donation of children's books.
Dr. Seuss is at the center of yet another political debate that began unfolding on Twitter Friday morning.
Why would the author of celebrated children's books like "Green Eggs and Ham," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Cat in the Hat" be dividing the left and the right? It all started at an elementary school.
Massachusetts librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, rejected Melania Trump's donation of Dr. Seuss books in honor of National Read a Book Day.
The librarian explained she denied the first lady's gift for several reasons. In a lengthy letter published by The Horn Book, Soeiro added that her school's "award-winning" library "doesn't have a NEED for these books," and believes another school with a less extensive library could benefit more from the books. She also added -- and here's what Twitter is really going nuts over -- that "Dr. Seuss's illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes."
"They were Dr. Seuss books. Nothing wrong with them," one Twitter user tweeted Friday morning. "If they already had plenty of those specific books, re-donate them. No need to be nasty."
Melania's predecessor, Michelle Obama, often read Dr. Seuss books to children, as did former first ladies Hillary Clinton and Barbara Bush, so many on Twitter believe the librarian was just trying to make a political statement.
The titles of the books the first lady donated included "The Cat in the Hat," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," "Wacky Wednesday," "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
See the backlash that followed Soeiro's rejection of Melania's gift in the tweets below.
They were Dr. Seuss books. Nothing wrong with them. If they already had plenty of those specific books, re-donate them. No need to be nasty. https://t.co/gEHpUS1E6W— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) September 28, 2017
Do you believe a Cambridge librarian would have rejected Dr. Seuss books if they were sent by Michelle Obama and not Melania Trump?— VBTheWise (@VBTheWise) September 29, 2017
So absurdly unnecessary. Let's pick our battles, shall we?— Meghan Elizabeth (@BitterMeg) September 28, 2017
A school librarian rejected books DONATED by Melania Trump & said Dr. Seuss books are "steeped in racist propaganda." Libs, this is a joke.— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) September 29, 2017
This is the woman who said "Dr. Seuss books are racist” dressed as the Cat in the Hat.— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) September 29, 2017
So basically she just called herself racist 😂 pic.twitter.com/rKx2cVkJIM
Michelle Obama + Dr. Seuss: Inspiring— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) September 29, 2017
Melania Trump + Dr. Seuss: “Racist Propaganda”
And the left wonders why they’re losing elections 🤔 pic.twitter.com/HFcev4zTUx
The left now says "Dr. Seuss" is racist? No wonder the Democrat Party is dying, No one wants to be associated with these fruit loops.— Robert (@robertrobq) September 29, 2017
It was a surprisingly short journey from Robert E Lee to Dr Seuss— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 29, 2017
Apparently Dr. Seuss books weren't racist when Michelle O read them to children. What changed? Oh, I see. This is what hypocrisy looks like. pic.twitter.com/D85AxcPUpT— Serendipiterry (@Serendipiterry) September 29, 2017
If Dr Seuss is a "cliche," I'm not sure what you call an Orwellian nutjob librarian from Cambridgehttps://t.co/48zgBqInZc— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 29, 2017
Being literate is racist! Reading Dr. Seuss is racist. Knowledge is racist. Working is racist. pic.twitter.com/rSa57bzLSg— Texas Bacon 🇺🇸 (@Gwenyth777) September 29, 2017
I mean, shiitttttttt. If your hate of Trump makes you also hate Dr. Seuss, it’s time to clock out and go on a very long vacation.— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) September 28, 2017
LIBRARIAN: Dr. Seuss is steeped in racist propaganda— David Gatewood (@david_gatewood) September 29, 2017
DR. SEUSS: pic.twitter.com/Ll9XVLm1oI
Lizzie Librarian took an axe.— Nurse Patriot (@LANURSE1) September 29, 2017
Gave Dr Seuss 40 whacks.
When she saw what she had done.
She deleted her twitter account under the gun. pic.twitter.com/2CfOc0gy8R
Dr. Seuss literally wrote a book about why racism is bad.— Jonathon Loughridge (@coachloughridge) September 29, 2017
Dr. Seuss a Bigot? 🤷♀️"I'm a bigot yes I am, because I said GREEN eggs and ham, if I knew I would have said NO color eggs & hold the bread"— Tami B👠 (@tamitothet) September 29, 2017
Dr Seuss books racist? Against who exactly...Whoville people...Lovers of green eggs and ham? Wtf is wrong with people!— AJ 🇺🇸 (@AJ_FranklinGirl) September 29, 2017
WHATTTT???!!!!!— Jessica 🇺🇸🐾 (@JesseicaT) September 29, 2017
Out Of Control!!!!! DR Seuss ?? What next ??? What next?? !!!!
I'm screaming can you hear me in California??? 😫😫😫😠😠😠
It was done purely as a slap in the face. That librarian should be ashamed. As for Dr. Seuss, generations were raised with his books.— Keats (@keatsy2112) September 29, 2017
Dr. Seuss books are classics, fire that librarian!— ♬ChelseaMorning♬ (@jonithoreau) September 29, 2017