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Librarian Explains Why She Rejected Books Donated By Melania Trump

Melania Trump has found herself in the middle of a controversy she probably didn't see coming. In honor of National Read a Book Day, the First Lady sent packages of children's books to one top-performing school in each state, part of a literacy program that is a tradition among first ladies.

But Mrs. Trump never guessed Dr. Seuss would cause this much trouble:

Mrs. Trump's deliveries contained classics such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Liz Phipps Soeiro, a librarian at an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, declined the first lady's donations of Dr, Seuss books, stating: "The library did not have a need for them because they were not lacking literary resources" She also said that "Dr. Seuss' illustrations were rooted racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes."  She went on to cite If I Ran a Zoo which some critics say contains caricatures of Africans and Asians. 

This left some on Twitter feeling confused and combative:

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Ms. Soeiro went on in her determination to say:

"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?" 

The school board has distanced itself from the young librarian as they support all ways for children to enjoy reading. 

A spokesperson for FLOTUS states that "Mrs. Trump's focus was, is and will remain helping and educating children."  Which is the same goal of Ms. Soeiro. Maybe Dr. Seuss can help us all!

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H/T : Twitter, USA Today