Horton hears a hypocrite.
The Massachusetts elementary school librarian who rejected Dr. Seuss books donated by First Lady Melania Trump because the publicationâ€™s artwork contained â€œracist mockery,â€ was previously photographed dressed as the Cat in the Hat and holding a â€œGreen Eggs and Hamâ€ themed breakfast.
Liz Phipps Soeiro was busted Friday by Twitter users after she snubbed the First Ladyâ€™s donation to the Cambridgeport Elementary School. Soeiro wrote in a letter to Trump that the school could not accept the books, which included: â€œThe Cat in the Hat,â€ â€œOh, the Places Youâ€™ll Go!â€ and â€œGreen Eggs and Ham.â€
Yet Soeiro was seen in a March 2015 photo from the school’s Twitter account holding a Cat in the Hat doll in one hand, a Green Eggs and Ham book in the other and Dr. Seuss-style stockings and hat — and smiling while doing so.
But Soeiro said the school would â€œnot be keeping the titlesâ€ for its collection because the institution â€œdoes not have a â€œNEEDâ€ for the books.
It was unclear if the school actually rejected the titles.
â€œI work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to â€˜excellence,â€™â€ Soeiro wrote. â€œMy students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science.â€
Soeiro also said the books by Dr. Seuss contained illustrations â€œsteeped in racist propaganda.â€
â€œAnother fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr. Seussâ€™s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes,â€ Soeiro wrote, givingÂ examples of “If I Ran a Zoo” and “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” as clear â€œracist mockeryâ€ in Seussâ€™ art.Â