Ahmed Mohamed, we stand by you. 100 percent.
If his name doesn’t sound familiar, here is some backstory: Ahmed is a 14-year-old Muslim student from MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas who was arrested Monday for bringing a homemade clock to school. That’s it. Seriously, that’s all he did.
Except school officials thought Ahmed’s clock—that he openly showed his teacher with pride—was a makeshift bomb, so they took action. Apparently, that meant arresting an innocent kid who doesn’t even have his driver’s license.
BBC reports Ahmed’s family thinks racial profiling was at play here. Ahmed isn’t facing charges for this—because he’s innocent—but the social damage is done. It proves, unfortunately, that racism is still very much alive and well—as if you needed the reminder.
“This wouldn’t even be a question if his name wasn’t Ahmed Mohamed,” Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesperson Alia Salem said, according to BBC. “He is an excited kid who is very bright and wants to share it with his teachers.”
The Internet is rightfully pissed about Ahmed’s mistreatment, and the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed is trending in honor of him. Even heavy-hitters like Mark Zuckerberg and, ya know, President Barack Obama voiced their support for Ahmed and his clock. Check out these amazing messages from all over the world:
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
#IStandWithAhmed — stay strong little brother. you are a genius and we all support your incredible passion for innovation + technology.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) September 16, 2015
— Parvati Shallow (@parvatishallow) September 16, 2015
— Adam Bouska (@bouska) September 16, 2015
If a Teacher does not know a difference between a clock and a bomb she is no longer fit enough to be a teacher. #IStandWithAhmed
— عُمر (@OmarImranTweets) September 16, 2015
— Hussain Asif (@iHussainAsif) September 16, 2015
#IStandWithAhmed because I still feel guilty for making my dad do most of the work on my science projects and admire genuine ingenuity.
— Mike Lawrence (@TheMikeLawrence) September 16, 2015
Please tell me that some of the "educators" in Irving are losing their jobs over this. #IStandWithAhmed
— andie taylor (@andie) September 16, 2015
— Twitter (@twitter) September 16, 2015
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