Follow the Money
Who is Jason Reynolds?
Jason Reynolds is the coauthor of “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You,” with Ibram X. Kendi, promoting the ideas of “anti-racism.”
What services does Jason Reynolds offer?
Reynolds is an author and, like other writers popular among activists, he has received lucrative fees for speaking at school districts.
What K-12 work has Jason Reynolds done?
Arlington Public Schools
In April 2021, teachers and students at Arlington Public Schools (APS) received free copies of Stamped by author Jason Reynolds, which promotes key ideas from critical race theory. Parents Defending Education learned about this after being contacted by a whistleblower in the district.
In response to a FOIA request, Parents Defending Education learned that the books were handed out to students and teachers after coordination between APS’ chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer and a public relations manager at Amazon Logistics. Amazon donated the money for the books. In addition, Amazon donated $8,000 for Reynolds to speak for 30 minutes and take questions for 15 minutes, or $177 per minute.
The school district purchased Reynolds’ books through Barnes & Nobles to give students free copies. In one order, it paid $3,264 for 300 copies. In a second order, it paid $5,516 for 507 copies.
In a video discussing “equity,” Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Francisco Durán said that “equity is a verb.” (It’s not.)