By: Marleine Calderon
So it’s Sunday night and I thought I would take some time to do a thank you note.
This week, I wanted to thank Ahmed Mohamed.
As we all heard Monday, he was arrested and accused of bringing a bomb to school. Even though, that “bomb” was actually a homemade clock.
There’s no doubt that Islamophobia was a factor in the accusation and the arrest. Ahmed interrogated by five different officers, searched, and denied contact to his parents is a bit excessive for a freshman just trying to impress his teachers. I wouldn’t be able to imagine what he went through, but I would be traumatized.
His story went viral and social media went crazy that #IStandWithAhmed began to trend on Twitter. So I just wanted to say thank you Ahmed, you got people talking. People continue to be judged by the color of their skin, by their gender, by their religion, etc. and a small story from Irving, Texas made headlines.
People like you are the ones who are going to bring change to the world. When you think that nobody’s there to support you, you turn around and find a crowd of supporters, like President Obama or Mark Zuckerberg.
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
Your future seems bright.
So thank you for inspiring others to keep their head up, pursue their dreams and to keep going.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 16, 2015
Thank you for not allowing this incident to get in the way of your dreams.
Thank you for giving people something to talk about because racial-profiling can happen to anyone.
I don’t think you ever expected this to happen, especially as a freshman in high school. But that goes to show that anyone, no matter how old one is, can make a difference in the world.
I hope you get to visit the White House and your dream school, meet with Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team, as well as, the Twitter team and some scientists.
— cel (@lxopez) September 16, 2015
Keep building things!
And maybe we’ll see you on the Tonight Show next to Jimmy Fallon!