Twitter Points Out Hypocrisy: Michelle Obama Was Praised When Reading Dr. Suess, But Melania Trump’s Suess Gifts Are Suddenly ‘Racist’

The Obamas reading "racist" Dr. Seuss books to children.
The Obamas reading “racist” Dr. Seuss books to children.

Michelle Obama has become a target for mockery in the wake of a spat between First Lady Melania Trump and a Massachusetts school librarian.

In an open letter on Tuesday, Cambridgeport Elementary School librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro rejected a gift of several Dr Seuss books, saying their whimsical illustrations were ‘steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes’.

Now Twitter users – armed with photos of Michelle Obama reading Dr Seuss books to children during her time in the White House – are mocking those claims.

Earlier this month, the White House announced that one school in each state would receive a selection of Seuss’ books chosen by Melania, including ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat’.

But Soeiro turned down the collection of almost a dozen books, saying in the open letter her school was award-winning and well-funded.

She continued: ‘You may not be aware of this, but Dr Seuss is a bit of a cliché, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature.’

She added: ‘Another fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.

‘Open one of his books (If I Ran a Zoo or And to Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street, for example), and you’ll see the racist mockery in his art.’

Neither of those books were included in Melania’s selection.

Noting that Michelle Obama had also read the books to children, Trump supporters took to Twitter to ask why this had only become a problem now.

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