VA school district passed on Kindles for Kendi book

VA school district passed on Kindles for Kendi book

VA school district passed on Kindles for Kendi book

Amazon has been caught jumping into the hot-button issue of race and white privilege in a Virginia school district where a diversity director directed the mega-corporation to send free copies of a controversial book.

According to The Washington Free Beacon, Amazon offered to send Kindles or other similar products to Arlington Public Schools but the director of diversity, Arron Gregory, instead requested copies of “Stamped” by Ibram X. Kendi (pictured below) for students at Wakefield High School.

Amazon also paid $10,000 for “Stamped” co-author Jason Reynolds to address students.

Gregory’s request and the distribution of the books was learned through emails obtained by Parents Defending Education, a national watchdog group that formed to fight the "woke" ideology being peddled in schools. 

“Instead of donating Kindles and hot spots to students in Arlington Public Schools,” Asra Nomani, a vice president of group, told the Beacon, “Amazon chose to spread the controversial ideology of critical race theory.”

“Stamped” is marketed as a youth version of Kendi’s book “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.”

Kendi, whose real name is Ibram Henry Rogers, is currently a cause celebre among the Left for his “anti-racist” talks and writings that inform white liberals they are naturally born racists unless they are actively working to be “anti-racist.”

“There is no such thing as a ‘not-racist’ policy, idea or person. Just an old-fashioned racist in a newfound denial,” Kendi wrote in 2018. “All policies, ideas and people are either being racist or antiracist.”

That view matches up well with Arlington schools, where school leaders underwent “equity” training in the fall.

Reacting to Amazon’s cooperation with the school district, Justin Danhof of the Free Enterprise Project points out that Amazon canceled the film "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words."

"He's canceled by Amazon,” Danhof says, “but they're funding books by Mr. Kendi.”

One News Now contacted Amazon for comment but did not get a response for this story.