Racist Mullberry Street mural must be removed from Dr. Seuss museum…
A Massachusetts librarian rejected a gift of Dr. Seuss books from First Lady Melania Trump in September saying the books contain illustrations that are “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”
— The Horn Book (@HornBook) September 26, 2017
The first lady sent a gift of 10 Dr. Seuss books to a school in each state earlier this month to mark National Read a Book Day. One school librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro of Cambridge, Mass., published a blog post explaining that the school would not be keeping the books, the Hill reports.
The librarian, Cambridgeport Elementary School Liz Phipps Soeiro, chastised the First Lady in an open letter called “Dear Mrs. Trump,” published on the Horn Book’s Family Reading blog, saying that her school wasn’t in need of the books, which included famous titles such as “The Cat in the Hat.”
While Soeiro bristled at Melania Trump’s donation, there was no outcry of racism when former first lady Michelle Obama read Dr. Seuss books to children a number of times during the previous administration, without controversy.
Liz Phipps Soeiro is a hypocrite and Hillary Clinton supporter and that is why she refused Melania Trump’s gift of Dr. Seuess books and for no other reason.
Here she is on multiple occasions wearing Dr. Seuss costumes and paying tribute to the iconic children’s book writer.
The repercussions of her actions have a Massachusetts museum dedicated to Dr. Seuss replacing a mural featuring a Chinese character from one of his books after three authors said they would boycott an event due to the “jarring racial stereotype.”
Fox News reports:
Three children’s authors declined an invitation to the museum’s inaugural Children’s Literature Festival, which was set for Oct. 14 before being canceled. After the museum offered to take down the mural, the authors said they would attend, but the museum has not said if the festival is back on.
“We recently learned that a key component of this institution honoring Dr. Seuss features a mural depicting a scene from his first book, ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mullberry Street,’ and within the selected art is a jarring racial stereotype of a Chinese man, who is depicted with chopsticks, a pointed hat and slanted slit eyes,” the complaint reads. “We find this caricature of ‘the Chinaman’ deeply hurtful, and we have concerns about children’s exposure to it.”
The museum, which is located in the author’s hometown of Springfield, said Thursday that the mural will be replaced by images from later books.
“This is what Dr. Seuss would have wanted us to do. His later books, like ‘The Sneetches’ and ‘Horton Hears a Who,’ showed a great respect for fairness and diversity,” a statemen from the Museum read, via MassLive. “Dr. Seuss would have loved to be a part of this dialogue for change. In fact, Ted Geisel himself said, ‘It’s not how you start that counts. It’s what you are at the finish.'”