The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Mass. on Thursday castigated the Cambridge school librarian who rejected First Lady Melania Trump's donation of ten Dr. Seuss books because they are "steeped in racist propaganda."
Trump donated the books to Cambridge Elementary School earlier this month as part of National Read a Book Day, but the school's librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro,wrote Tuesday on the Horn Book's Family Reading blog that the collection should have gone to schools in underprivileged communities that are being "marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos."
Soeiro added that "Dr. Seuss's illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes," and rejected Trump's donation.
Sarno lambasted Soeiro in a press release Thursday evening, MassLive reported.