Amazon Donates CRT Book to Arlington Schools

Ibram Kendi

by Hans Bader

Amazon donated hundreds of copies of a racist, error-filled book by a critical race theorist to Arlington County public schools. In doing so, the Seattle-based company helped poison young minds and taught high-school students falsehoods about America’s history and politics. It did this at the urging of a school official in Arlington.

The Free Beacon reports that “Amazon spent $5,000 to distribute hundreds of copies” of “Ibram X. Kendi’s book ‘Stamped’ to Virginia public school students.”  The “key concept” Kendi teaches is that society needs to discriminate against whites to make up for past discrimination against blacks. Kendi says, “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.” Kendi once wrote an op-ed suggesting that white people are aliens from outer space.

Amazon, which is building its East Coast headquarters in Arlington, donated the copies of Kendi’s book after “Amazon employees reached out to Arlington Public Schools as part of ‘NeighborGood,’ a program to donate $100,000 to schools and other institutions that ’empower black voices and serve black communities.’”

Although Amazon offered “to purchase Kindles or other equipment, Arlington Public Schools director of diversity and inclusion Arron Gregory requested copies of Kendi’s “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.” Amazon donated between 500 to600 copies of the book to Wakefield High School and paid $10,000 to have Kendi’s coauthor Jason Reynolds address students,” reports the Free Beacon.

“Amazon public relations manager Justin Grayson oversaw the donation of Kendi’s book and an accompanying study guide to Wakefield High School. The guide explains how Stamped ‘debunks the myths of several master narrative themes,’ including the notion that “America is a meritocracy” and that ‘truth and justice (or law and order) should be valued.’”

Kendi says he was “inspired by critical race theory,” and he has been described as a leading “critical race theorist.”

Last August, the largest school system in Virginia paid Kendi $20,000 for an hour-long presentation about anti-racism. The Fairfax County Public Schools paid Kendi this extravagant sum, even as it paid bus drivers to drive empty school buses during school closures.

As law professor David Bernstein notes, Kendi’s book “Stamped” contains a huge number of errors about historical facts. For example, Kendi falsely blames the conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer for coming up with the term “crack baby,” when it had been used by the liberal New York Times months earlier, and he falsely suggests that the term had a racist origin. Kendi claims that cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal was a political prisoner, while Mumia was actually a murderer duly convicted by a jury after full due process.

Kendi peddles the baseless conspiracy theory that “the Bush administration directed FEMA to delay its response” to a devastating hurricane “in order to amplify the destructive reward for those who would benefit.” This claim has been debunked by people like former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile, who noted that the Bush administration sincerely tried to help the massive number of hurricane victims, and that the administration’s response became quite effective over time.

Kendi falsely claims that President Bush promoted “anti-Islamic” sentiments, when Bush actually said that Islam was a “religion of peace.” Kendi claims the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Law signed by President Bush and backed by Democratic leaders put the blame on black parents, and black teachers, for bad school performance, when the opposite was true: That law never blamed or singled out black teachers or parents, and sought to hold schools, not blacks, accountable for blacks passing standardized tests at lower rates than whites. In fact, as the Applied Research Center notes, the No Child Left Behind Law “was grounded” on the premise that “the achievement gap between children of color and white children (as well as between rich and poor) is not acceptable” and that “the educational system must be held accountable for closing this gap.”

Kendi also misrepresents what the Nation of Islam believes, omitting its racism; falsely claims that the 1964 Civil Rights Act caused a racist backlash; and implies black legislators were against the drug war when they weren’t — indeed, black legislators overwhelmingly voted to increase penalties for crack.

Kendi falsely claims that communist black activist Angela Davis rejected white influence when she was in fact a Communist Party member who faithfully followed the teachings of white communist leaders, and was influenced most heavily by the white communist Herbert Marcuse. He misleads readers about Davis in connection with a kidnapping and murder that was committed using guns she owned.

Kendi falsely claims that an anti-Trump scholar “rallied for Republicans” when he never did, and works for a non-partisan think-tank.

He also scapegoats white people for racial “disparities” they did not cause.

The “heroine” in Kendi’s book “is a notorious anti-Semite, Angela Davis,” notes Bernstein. “While Kendi disparages a host of American civil rights heroes, from Frederick Douglass to Martin Luther King as being too moderate, Davis is his odd choice as an antiracist exemplar. After a dubious acquittal from a charge of conspiracy to murder … she spent the most productive years of her career as an activist for the American Communist Party.” She disparaged jailed Jewish dissidents in the Soviet Union as “‘Zionist fascists and opponents of socialism’” who should “be kept in prison.”

Kendi’s books leave a false impression about people’s legal rights. His core teaching is that society needs to discriminate against whites to make up for past discrimination against blacks.

But that’s often illegal, because of its racism. For example, courts have ruled that it violates the Constitution and the Civil Rights Act to fire white teachers to “remedy” past discrimination or promote racial “diversity.” (See Wygant v. Jackson Board of Education (1986); Taxman v. Board of Education (1996)).

Hans Bader is an attorney who lives in Northern Virginia. This column, republished with permission, first appeared in Liberty Unyielding.

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23 responses to “Amazon Donates CRT Book to Arlington Schools”

  1. Can we now drop the absurd pretense that Critical Race Theory isn’t being taught in Virginia schools?

    It may not be taught in all schools, but it is being taught in some. 500 books? That’s a lot of students.

    1. Go to Fairfax County Public Schools at

      Then select the tab Go to the FCPS Library Catalog, which will direct you to

      There you will see a list of Fairfax County Public Schools. If you search the catalogs of each of the FCPS High School and Middle School libraries, using the term racism, you will find various books, including the following:

      Tiffany Jewell, This Book is Anti-Racist (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2020)
      (the book description includes the following language: “Offer young people twenty illustrated lessons with activities for standing up to racism. Provides information on understanding you own identity, personal institutional racism, the history of prejudice, and ways to take action against racism. . . .”

      Ibrahim X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

      Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)
      (book description: “A memoir by the cofounder of the Black Lives Matter movement explains the movement’s position of love, humanity, and justice, challenging perspectives that have negatively labeled the movement’s activists while calling for essential political changes.”

      Shannon K. McManimon, Zachary A. Casey, and Christina Berchini (eds.), Whiteness at the Table: Antiracism, Racism, and Identity in Education (Lexington Books, 2018)
      (the book’s description includes the following language: “Discusses how whiteness is challenged, and the moral and political responsibility of white people to combat white supremacy.”

      Denisha Jones and Jesse Hagopian (eds.)
      Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice
      Haymarket Books, 2020

      Crystal M. Fleming
      How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide
      Beacon Press, 2020

      A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez
      Investigating Institutional Racism
      Enslow Publishing, 2019

      Carlin Borsheim-Black and Sophia Tatiana Sarigianides
      Letting Go of Literary Whiteness: Antiracist Literature Instruction for White Students
      Teachers College Press, 2019

      Layla F. Saad
      Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
      Sourcebooks, 2020

      Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
      Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America
      Tantor, 2020

      Bree Picower
      Reading, Writing, and Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education and in the Classroom
      Beacon Press, 2021

      Daria Roithmayr
      Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock in White Advantage
      New York University Press, 2014

      M.T. Blakemore
      White Privilege
      Abdo Publishing, 2018

      Alex Zamalin
      Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility
      Beacon Press, 2021

    2. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Really? A list of books by Black authors is spam?

      Must all Black role models be White approved?

    3. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Someone once gave me a Bible. Do you think I read it?

      Besides, wouldn’t it be nice for all those white kids to read a book by a black man… other than Uncle Tom’s Cabin, that is.

      Jesus James, how do you let Bader publish this?
      15 minutes and I can find 3 major errors and I hate working that long.

  2. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Bush called America’s misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq a “crusade”,… or maybe he said, “jihad”. I forgot. Which one is a Holy war again?

  3. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    Kendi and CRT have no designated outcomes to achieve. There is only the fight. An endless loop of racial division that will drown the day of a post racial America. MLK’s dreams of a reconciliation are fast becoming empty words etched on his stone monument.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Then we should have had a Truth and Reconciliation Council, a la South Africa, rather than sitting on our thumbs hoping it will all “just go away”.

      “Oops, sorry ’bout dat. But Hey! I now pronounce you free and equal. Good luck wid dat.”

      1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
        James Wyatt Whitehead

        The North Carolina border is not too far from your house.

        1. Nancy Naive Avatar
          Nancy Naive

          Do we need a wall? Will it stop mosquitoes?

          1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
            James Wyatt Whitehead

            Hee Haw! Those pesky bugs are out now. The Dismal Swamp is a formidable barrier.

          2. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            When a tropical storm comes up the coast, every bugger in NC winnds up in my backyard.

  4. DJRippert Avatar

    Critical Race Theory is a Republican conspiracy theory invented by Donald Trump and Glen Younkin. So says Terry McAuliffe.

    I guess all those books are just a hallucination.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Its so-called application to K-12 teaching is an invention of Chris Rufo, a Republican political operative, who even admitted that the term “Critical Race Theory” just riles up the ignorant GOP base.

      “Loves me dem uneducated white people…” Donald Trump. (or words to that effect).

  5. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Yes, yes… Kendi claims Angela Davis rejected white influence…

    Guess that’s why she was on the CPUSA ticket with Gus Hall (page 553) and that after 23 with the party she stepped away (page 449)

  6. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    “Kendi says he was “inspired by critical race theory,” and he has been described as a leading “critical race theorist.”

    Never self-described and it is a label, he denies.

    “I admire critical race theory, but I don`t identify as a critical race theorist. I`m not a legal scholar. So I wasn`t trained on critical race theory. I`m a historian. And Chris (Rufo) would know this if he actually read my work or understood that critical race theory is taught in law schools. I didn`t attend law school, which is where critical race theory is taught.” — Ibram Kendi

    I’m sure Kendi could say the same of every contributor to Bacon’s Rebellion as he did of Mr. Rufo… if they read his book.

  7. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Welcome to another fact challenged episode of “The Whiny White Boy Show”!

    If you had read Kendi’s book, rather than just cite some other illiterate, you’d have know that Kendi does not credit Krauthammer with coining the term, bbut rather “reviving” the term in a opinion piece written long after its coining and long after the medical evidence of the “epidemic” failed to materialize. Kendi chides Krauthammer as a medically trained person who knew at the time what he was claiming was false… Kendi even CITES the earlier role of the NYT in creating the “cocaine baby” myth.

  8. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    This article is a compilation of so many errors, misquotes, misinterpretation, assumptions, exaggerations and outright falsehoods that its continued existence taints any efforts to demonstrate that BR is a collection of good conservative ideas and is just more political hackery.

  9. tmtfairfax Avatar

    Why complain about errors in facts? It’s no different than donating a subscription to the Washington Post. Wuhan as the source of the Coronavirus? Missing the Northam story for two election cycles? Refusing to criticize religious bigotry by two sitting U.S. Senators?

  10. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    “This is for HIGH SCHOOLS ONLY and was sponsored by a gift from Amazon along with 600 copies of the book Stamped,” he said. “Due to an overwhelming response, Library Services has also bought over 700+ copies of the book to ensure every high school student that wants a copy may have one to keep.”

    Hmmm… seems that these high school kids want to actually read the book in question!! Where will it end?! Stamped, the new Catcher in the Rye!!

    1. Matt Adams Avatar
      Matt Adams

      The Catcher in the Rye was fiction, these books are being treated as non-fiction.

      Given the amount of BS you sling, I can understand you don’t know the difference.

    2. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      It’s that Denzel Washington smile, brains, and… well, we all know what else that drives these Southern white boys into a fealous jage…

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