In case you hadn’t heard, Melania Trump and the Department of Education sent out 10 Dr. Seuss books to a few schools for National Read a Book Day.
The problem was, they sent them to schools whose libraries had already exhibited excellence and won awards — in other words, fantastic financially backed collections where they wouldn’t even be noticed instead of underfunded schools which could use them.
That led Liz Phipps Soeiro, librarian at the Cambridgeport Elementary School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to write an open letter to FLOTUS slamming her gesture as empty, out-of-touch, and in lock step with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos‘ routine marginalization of underprivileged schools.
Well, on Friday morning FLOTUS’ director of communications Stephanie Grisham responded on behalf of Melania, telling Fox News she wanted to use her platform “to help as many children as she can.”
Um, isn’t that what Miz Soeiro was pointing out she screwed up??
“She has demonstrated this in both actions and words since her husband took office, and sending books to children across the country is but one example. To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate, but the First Lady remains committed to her efforts on behalf of children everywhere.”
Well, not everywhere…
Also, we’re pretty sure going out of your way to give gifts to the rich instead of the poor was the divisive move. Soeiro was just pointing out out the fact.
What do YOU think of this book beef, Perezcious readers??
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