This all started on September 1st. In honour of National read a book day, first lady Melania Trump sent packages of 10 Dr. Seuss books to one high-achieving school is each and every state. The package of books included many classics such as – The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and (her personal favourite Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
Everyone was thankful for this thoughtful gesture, except for one library media specialist who works at the Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, MA. She stated she was grateful for the books, but she refused to accept them and she claimed that she has issues with Dr. Success books due to the “racist” imagery. She even went as car to criticize the Trump administration for their policies on funding schools and libraries.
This sparked a fury of a debate amongst academics and Trump supporters. Some Trump supporters were very quick to bring up the fact that former President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama had been known and photographed several times over the years for reading Dr. Seuss books to children and were never criticized the way the Trump family has been.
This just makes us wonder and ask – What is the World coming to when a Librarian rejects gifts of a classic Author?