On Monday, a Texas 9th grader showed the country that he was bright and innovative. He showed what can be done when a child applies himself in school. He also showed that America – even Texas – can educated kids in the sciences. Unfortunately, he was arrested for it.
Ahmed Mohamed was handcuffed and suspended from his Irving, Texas school after he built a clock as a science project. His teachers thought it was a bomb because Mohamed is Muslim.
“I think this wouldn’t even be a question if his name wasn’t Ahmed Mohamed,” Alia Salem, the executive director of the North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told USA Today.”He is an excited kid who is very bright and wants to share it with his teachers.”
Source: The Hill
Now, Mohamed has a very distinguished fan club, led by none other than the President, who invited him to the White House via Twitter.
Hillary Clinton also tweeted about Mohamed:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also had an invitation for Mohamed:
Twitter went even further and offered today’s Twitter phenom a job.
Why not? Mohamed is obviously smart and savvy. In the past, he built a pair of Bluetooth speakers (“but they’re gone now; I kind of messed up with them”) and he is currently working on an invention to harness power with neodymium magnets. He’s just the type of person tech companies love to recruit, even though he is still a bit young.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Mohamed said he will be taking the President up on his offer and that he plans on transferring to another school (good move).
Perhaps the nation and particularly Mohamed’s school will learn a lesson – namely that Donald Trump-style xenophobia is potentially very damaging. If the future of the country includes some Latino or *gasp* even Muslim names, we should embrace them, not run them off because of our irrational fear.
Featured image via Twitter.