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Beyond Dr Seuss: A reading list for Melania Trump


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A Massachusetts librarian rejected Melania Trump's donation of 10 Dr Seuss books last week, on the grounds that they are 'steeped in racist propaganda' and that Ms Trump should have directed her attention to more 'underfunded and underprivilged communities'. 

We know Ms Trump thought she was doing a good thing by donating those books, and we're sure children's books could NEVER have racist undertones.... not. But since Melania seems to need a little help in this department, we've drawn up a reading list of books that deal with some of her husband's more unsavoury ideas and show her and others like her where they're categorically wrong.

So here we go, Ms Trump, a reading list just for you:

1. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

Maybe you've heard of this little *cough NYT Bestselling cough* book about racism and police violence towards African Americans. Then again, maybe not, you don't recognise it in your own country so why in a book? Give this one a whirl, you might even learn something.

2. Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult

This story about an African American Nurse who is accused of killing a white couple's baby could teach you something about white privilege. Then again, I'm sure you think you don't have it, so maybe not.

3. Asking For It, Louise O'Neill

Since your husband seems to think that grabbing girls by the pussy is totally okay, this book might give you a little insight as to what happens to girls when those views are perpetuated.

4. Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly

In case you thought all the achievements of NASA were achieved by men, you should read this amazing true story of the African-American mathematicians behind some of NASA's greatest achievements. Of course you could just see the movie, either one would probably annoy your husband. WOMEN ACHIEVING? BLACK WOMEN ACHIEVING? Oh the horror!

5. Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman

Maybe you might get that racism is you know, a big deal, if you read a book where it's reversed in a dystopian future. Maybe. 

6. Everyday Sexism, Laura Bates

You know about this right? Wait what am I saying, of course you do. Might be nice though if you could you know... help other women who have to deal with this stuff all the time.

7. I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai

Since you care so much about children's education, why not read about a girl who had to fight for one because her country wouldn't allow her to go to school? But since you can't be bothered to even learn which schools in your own country are in need, why would you care about other children's education?

8. The Handmaid's Tale, Magaret Atwood

In case you need an idea of where your husband's presidency could go....

9. The Color Purple, Alice Walker

I know you'd probably like to think that a tale of black women in the Southern US in the 1930's would have no relevance in a supposedly "post-racial" society, but it's more relevant now than ever.

10. American Street, Ibi Zoboi

As someone who immigrated to the US yourself, surely you'd empathize with the experiences? No? Or is immigration only okay for white Europeans? Well read this book written by a Haitian immigrant about Haitian immigrants and see how you feel then.

So there we go Melania, since you care about education so much, a list of books for you to read to educate yourself. Hopefully you learn something.

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