(National Sentinel)Â Academic Hypocrisy:Â Trump Derangement Syndrome has now spread to the first lady, Melania Trump, as her good deeds continue to go punished rather than unpunished, as was the case for the previous first lady, Michelle Obama.
Why? Among other things, she claims the books are racist, and as such have no place in her library.
In an open letter to the first lady, Soeiro thanked Ms. Trump for sending the books but added that â€œwe will not be keeping the titles for our collection.â€ Explaining, she said that â€œCambridge, Massachusetts, is an amazing city with robust social programming, a responsive city government, free all-day kindergarten, and well-paid teachers (relatively speaking â€” many of us canâ€™t afford to live in the city in which we teach).â€ She said her students have access to a library that contains more than 9,000 titles as well as their librarian, who has a â€œgraduate degree in library scienceâ€ (okay, like many of you, Iâ€™ve never heard of that specialty, either).
Soeiro went on to extol the many other virtues of her school and library, hitting the socialist talking points hard in emphasizing â€œour cityâ€™s values,â€ which include the belief â€œthat each and every child deserves the best free education possible,â€ and so forth.
â€œSo, my school doesnâ€™t have a NEED for these books,â€ she said, adding: â€œAnd then thereâ€™s the matter of the books themselves.â€
Here it comes.Â
In addition to calling Dr. Seuss â€œclicheâ€ and a â€œtired and worn ambassador for childrenâ€™s literature,â€ she went on to claim â€œanother fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr. Seussâ€™s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypesâ€ (emphasis added).
Really, Ms. Soeiro? Because personally, while Iâ€™ve read the good â€˜doctorâ€™sâ€™ books, Iâ€™ve never seen a star-bellied sneech or a Who from Whoville, so Iâ€™ve not seen any racism demonstrated by these figments of imagination. Maybe you have in your delusional world.
Rather, this seems far more like it is your personal belief that Dr. Seuss is â€œracistâ€ and that his drawings and stories and caricatures are â€œsteeped in racist propaganda,â€ not that itÂ really is.
But if you feel that way, then certainly you were upset when first lady Michelle Obama read a â€œtired and worn ambassador for childrenâ€™s literatureâ€ material to school children, right? Certainly, you must have felt that the first African-American first lady was only perpetuating racist caricatures and propaganda aimed, no doubt, at members of her ethnic group, right? (Related: â€œWhite Privilegeâ€ Is A Racist Concept.)
As the U.K.Â Daily Mail reports, several people have taken to social media to mock Soeiroâ€™s characterization of books like â€œThe Cat in the Hatâ€ and â€œGreen Eggs and Hamâ€ featuring photos of when Obama was reading those books to school kids.
â€œSo when Michelle Obama praises #DrSeuss, we smile & applaud. When Melania Trump does the same, itâ€™s supposed to be racist? Iâ€™m so confused,â€ wrote one person.
â€œDr. Seuss ok when Michelle Obama read it to children but now has racist undertones when our First Lady donates books? Unreal,â€ wrote another.
Another included a picture of Ms. Obama and her two daughters reading Dr. Seuss to black children in South Africa, exclaiming on Twitter, â€œOUTRAGEOUS! @MichelleObama & her daughters read â€˜cat in the hatâ€™ to a bunch of white supremacist [sic] in Johannesburg.â€
While Ms. Soeiro should have just politely accepted Ms. Trumpâ€™s gift for what it was â€” a genuinely thoughtful gift and not at all something she had to do instead of turn it into a bogus political issue, the first lady has nevertheless been far more gracious.
â€œTurning 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,â€ said Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trumpâ€™s spokeswoman. â€œMrs. Trump intends to use her platform as first lady to help as many children as she can.â€
As to Ms. Soeiro, hereâ€™s a hashtag for you: #noclass.
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