SJW Cambridge Elementary School Librarian Sends Back Free Books To Melania Trump Because Dr. Seuss Is Racist, Wants Books About Gender Expression Instead
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First Lady Melania Trump donated a bunch of books to schools across the country as part of a government program:
One of the schools that was the recipient of this generosity was an elementary school in Cambridge. And evidently the school librarian named Liz Phipps-Soeiro wasn’t happy about it and wants to give them back. As you can tell from the hyphenated last name and the fact that she works in Cambridge, she’s a liberal. This might be the first time in American history a liberal has rejected a free handout from the government. Just sayin.
Anyway, she Librarian Lizzy couldn’t just donate the books to another school or give them to charity. She had to virtue signal first to let the community know that she was one of the good ones. Keep in mind, this is what we are dealing with here:
Yup. She is EXACTLY how I pictured her. That right there is the face of a woman who checks privileges more than she checks out library books. It is a face that perpetually screams, “that offends me.”
So Lizzy Librarian wrote this open letter to Melania Trump in the hopes that she’d be the new darling of SJWs everywhere. Here’s some excerpts:
Dear Mrs. Trump,
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.) 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.
Yup, you can already tell where this is going the moment she mentioned the “spectrum of gender expressions and identities” of her 6 year old students. I have no idea what that even means, but I bet she learned it in a Gender Studies class at a small, private, expensive, liberal arts college.
My students were interested in reading your enclosed letter and impressed with the beautiful bookplates with your name and the indelible White House stamp, however, we will not be keeping the titles for our collection. I’d like to respectfully offer my explanation.
Yearly per-pupil spending in Cambridge is well over $20,000; our city’s values are such that given a HUGE range in the socioeconomic status of our residents, we believe that each and every child deserves the best free education possible and are working hard to make that a reality (most classrooms maintain a 60/40 split between free/reduced lunch and paid lunch). This offers our Title I school and the district a lot of privilege and room for programming and pedagogy to foster “high standards of excellence.” Even so, we still struggle to close the achievement gap, retain teachers of color, and dismantle the systemic white supremacy in our institution.
So despite a well above average per pupil expenditure in the CPS, the city is still plagued by the “achievement gap,” retaining teachers of color, and dismantling white supremacy. Because when I think of Cambridge the first words that come to mind are “white supremacy.” That’s still a work in progress apparently.
And we’ve been down this road before about teachers of color. Of course it would be wonderful to have more teachers of color. But the fact of the matter is that they’re not applying for teaching jobs. Because at the end of the day it requires a Master’s Degree to be a teacher, and a teacher’s salary is far below what most people with a Master’s Degree make. Considering that many companies in the private sector are always looking to diversify, people of color who have the prerequisites for teaching often realize that they’d rather make a lot more money and deal with a lot less bullshit by NOT becoming teachers. FACKS!!!
Why not go out of your way to gift books to underfunded and underprivileged communities that continue to be marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos? Why not reflect on those “high standards of excellence” beyond only what the numbers suggest? Secretary DeVos would do well to scaffold and lift schools instead of punishing them with closures and slashed budgets.
Look, Betsy DeVos is a joke. But the fact of the matter is that the guy who came before her (Arne Duncan) stood for the EXACT SAME SHIT. He shuttered countless public schools in favor of for profit charter schools. As superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools he pounded his chest by closing three elementary schools in one week because they had “failed students.” Even ask Obama who praised him for closing schools that were not “meeting standards” (standardized test scores) when he appointed him Secretary of Education:
He’s shut down failing schools and replaced their entire staffs, even when it was unpopular. This school right here, Dodge Renaissance Academy, is a perfect example. Since this school was revamped and reopened in 2003, the number of students meeting state standards has more than tripled.”
Guess who went to the majority of these schools which were shut down? “Marginalized” kids. The same kids this pretentious librarian claims to care about now. But yet there’s odes to Obama all over the library:
So yea, if you have an issue with Betsy DeVos I don’t blame you. Just don’t pretend her agenda is anything new. It’s the exact same agenda as the previous administration’s.
But she was just getting started. Apparently the books Melania Trump donated are also racist:
And then there’s the matter of the books themselves. 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.
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.
Only in the People’s Republic of Cambridge would the librarian tell her students that they can’t read The Cat in the Hat because it’s racist. This isn’t a joke. She actually believes 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. Books can be a powerful way to learn about and experience the world around us; they help build empathy and understanding. In return, I’m attaching a list of ten books (it’s the librarian in me) that I hope will offer you a window into the lives of the many children affected by the policies of your husband’s administration. You and your husband have a direct impact on these children’s lives. Please make time to learn about and value them. I hope you share these books with your family and with kids around the country. And I encourage you to reach out to your local librarian for more recommendations.
Liz Phipps Soeiro
Here’s a couple of the books she wants her students to read instead of The Cat In The Hat:
Oh good, political propaganda. That’s way more appropriate than a rhyming book about a cat wearing a hat.
Then there’s this:
What child wouldn’t want to read a book about a Midwestern Chinese immigrant family eating soy beans?
Oh, and then there’s the fact that Dr. Seuss was not even remotely racist. The government hired him to make anti-Hitler propaganda during the war, and encouraged people to buy war bonds:
He also was an outspoken advocate for social justice in his cartoons and books. Like this one where he satirizes the dangerous jobs Chinese immigrants (who were frequently victims of xenophobic prejudice) did building our railroads:
And this one, where he explicitly states that Americans need a “mental insecticide” to get rid of the bug of racial prejudice:
Or one of his greatest books, “Sneetches And Other Stories,” which was written to illustrate the immorality of racism and segregation, by showing the mistreatment Sneetches without stars on their belly received from Sneetches WITH stars on their belly:
What a racist!!
As you can imagine, this woman loves the sound of her own voice. Here she is putting on a seminar about all the things she’s doing as a school librarian:
Only in Cambridge can you be lectured by the librarian wearing pigtails and onion ring earrings.
If you watch the video you’ll hear her talk about how she’s indoctrinating her students about the virtues of black lives matter. A group that has shut down highways, prevented people from getting to hospitals, chanted about “pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon,” and killed police officers in Dallas, New York, and Baton Rouge. Her thoughts on that?
“You might think these are uncomfortable conversations to have with 7 year olds…”
Yup, 7 year olds. It’s completely appropriate to teach seven year olds SJW buzzwords and teach them to believe the cops are racist killers, rather than letting them enjoy their childhood and read Dr. Seuss.
She also uses her position as a librarian to brainwash children to petition the government to change the names of holiday’s that she believes are offensive:
Fifth graders were dismayed when they learned the truth about Christopher Columbus and what his “discovery” meant for the indigenous people of Hispaniola and beyond. Our city’s vice mayor came into library class to educate them on how to build on their outrage: how to organize and grow a movement to achieve the change they’re looking for. And while these fifth graders have not (yet) been successful in changing the name of the holiday from “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in Cambridge, they learned a valuable lesson about committing yourself to and organizing others for a cause in which you believe. [EDITOR’S NOTE UPDATE: “The Cambridge City Council has voted unanimously to change Christopher Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”]
And she invited radical leaders of the anti-cop movement to come to the library and teach students how they can be an “ally”:
After another group of fifth graders read excerpts from Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century by Linda Tarrant-Reid, we invited one of the founders of our city’s Black Lives Matter chapter to come into the library to answer questions, teach us what an ally can be, and empower our students to be proud of who they are. The children wrote poetry, came up with rallying cries, learned to support each other, and made plans about how they could speak to younger students about the racism and prejudice that continue to plague our city and the world.
And for all her hard work checking her student’s privileges, she’s up for a Social Justice Warrior award. Not even kidding, that’s basically what the award is called:
The library’s collection reflects Phipps Soeiro’s commitment to social justice. Titles such as Margarita Engle’s Drum Dream Girl and Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley’s I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark spark discussions about government and fairness. During a field trip to city hall, students sat in council chambers and asked questions of city leaders.
This is how you win SJW awards. Get rid of fun books by Dr. Seuss, and bring in more books about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Because what kid doesn’t wanna read a book about a 90 year old SJW named RBG?
Oh, and she’s also selling shirts:
Read, Write, Resist. Look everyone, she’s resisting!!! And by resisting I mean she’s paying federal taxes that go directly to the Trump administration and the Republican controlled congress to distribute as they see fit. But she used a hashtag, so…CHECKMATE TRUMP!!
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