Tech giant Amazon rolled out the red carpet for a Virginia school district, donating thousands to support critical racial theory initiatives.
Emails obtained by Parents Defending Education indicate that Amazon was invited by Arlington Public Schools’ Director of Diversity and Inclusion to send copies of the book by critical racial theory activist Ibram X Kendi “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”. Amazon provided 500-600 copies to the school valued at $ 5,000 and spent $ 10,000 for Kendi’s book co-author Jason Reynolds to speak with the students, as reported for the first time the Washington Free Beacon.
Amazon was initially going to send the district for $ 100,000 of Kindle reading devices and other items through the “NeighborGood” program, but Arlington did not bite. The company has carried out a number of projects for Black History Month. This includes an affirmative action scholarship program and black-only movie and song playlists.
While riding the dogma of fairness – which is equality of outcomes – Amazon has not been so kind to conservative blacks. The company withdrew a documentary by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, which ranked number one in the documentary category at the time during Black History Month.
Justin Grayson, Amazon’s public relations manager, led the charge for the book donations. Likewise, a study guide has been provided for students to consult. He claimed that Kendi’s book “debunks the myths of several major narrative themes,” as well as the idea that “America is a meritocracy” and that “truth and justice (or law and order) should be valued ”.
This is nothing new for Arlington Public Schools. Last fall, the district forced students to participate in a Columbus Day “equity training program”. After Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, the district superintendent lobbied for students to learn from teaching materials provided by the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center.
Arlington Public Schools did not respond to The Federalist’s request for comment.