A new report claims that Amazon is working to bring critical race theory to one Virginia school.
Breitbart reports that Amazon has given hundreds of copies of Ibram X. Kendi’s book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, to public school students at a high school in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington.
The news comes by way of a new report from the Washington Free Beacon, which also reported that the Jeff Bezos-headed company (for the next week or so, at least) had paid a speaking fee to Kendi’s coauthor to the tune of some $10,000.
“Instead of donating Kindles and hot spots to students in Arlington Public Schools, Amazon chose to spread the controversial ideology of critical race theory,” Asra Nomani, who heads the group that uncovered the information, reportedly told the outlet.
The Washington Free Beacon’s report detailed email communications between Amazon employees and officials in the Arlington school district.
The emails were obtained by Nomani’s group, Parents Defending Education, through a public records request.
It appears that the situation started with Amazon reaching out to Arlington Public Schools as part of the “NeighborGood” program, which reportedly looks to “empower Black voices and serve Black communities” by donating to schools and other institutions.
According to the Free Beacon’s reporting, Amazon originally wanted to buy Kindles and other tech items for Virginia public school students. But Arron Gregory, the Arlington Public Schools Director of Diversity and Inclusion, decided that Kendi’s book was a better idea.
Accordingly, Amazon donated 500 to 600 copies of Kendi’s book to Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, the Free Beacon alleged. That cost came up to around $5,000, in addition to speaking fees paid to Jason Reynolds.
The Amazon shopping page for Stamped states that the book “takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.”
The description adds: “[T]his book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas — and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.”
Reports indicate that in addition to Kendi’s book, Virginia students were given a study guide that explains how the book “debunks the myths of several master narrative themes.” This includes the idea that “America is a meritocracy” and that “truth and justice (or law and order) should be valued.”