Texas student Ahmed Mohamed inspires social movement
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
News of police response to a boy's digital clock in Texas last week has inspired a global Texas, was arrested at his school by police after he brought a digital clock he had made to school. After news of the police response was reported, Mohamed received support online ranging from US President Barack Obama to Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg. Yesterday Mohamed received attention at Google headquarters in California at the Google Science Fair — and tommorow he plans to meet international dignitaries at the United Nations headquarters in New York.in support of the youth. , a 14-year-old boy from ,
Mohamed brought the digital clock he made to school on September 14, and a teacher mistakenly thought it resembled a bomb. Police arrested and questioned the student. Images of the boy wearing aT-shirt and handcuffed by the police were quickly posted and reposted online.
|Hoping that the #istandwithahmed movement translates into a substantive national conversation on race, punishment, and incarceration.|
The Twitter, #IStandWithAhmed, had become an international phenomenon. noted what began as individual messages to Mohamed had grown into a "support movement". American academic and professor commented, "Hoping that the #istandwithahmed movement translates into a substantive national conversation on race, punishment, and incarceration."observed that the hashtag on
The Twitter attention led to outreach from Google and Mohamed was invited to their Google Science Fair. Mohamed was a VIP guest at the Google Science Fair this weekend, and was able to meet finalists at the event held at Google's headquarters located in , . Co-founder of Google, , personally met with Mohamed during his visit to Google.
On Wednesday, Mohamed and his father are to travel to the New York, because international dignitaries wanted to meet with his son and express their support.. His father said he was taking his entire family to the U.N. headquarters in
Psychology major at Twitter. Jafari said she felt Mohamed had been subject to and her hashtag created greater awareness about this issue. The hashtag took on a life of its own, and was used in messages on Twitter over one million times by Thursday night.Amneh Jafari heard of the incident and wanted to issue her support to Mohamed. She chose the hastag #IStandWithAhmed and posted to
US President Barack Obama tweeted using his @POTUS account: "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."
Executive director of the Dallas chapter of theAlia Salem said Mohamed wishes to use his newfound fame and attention to spotlight social causes including the treatment of Muslims in the United States.
Muslim Student Association president Sehar Memon said the large amount of positive feedback for Mohamed had helped make his situation much better. Memon also said she believed the social movement in reaction to Mohamed helped improve Muslim/non-Muslim.
Both the Irving Independent School District and the Irving Police Department have asserted that the boy's religion and name were not a factor in the manner in which they approached the situation.
- AP and USA Today. "Family withdraws Muslim teen from Texas school over clock trouble" — , September 22, 2015
- Alyssa Newcomb. "Clock Controversy Teen Ahmed Mohamed Gets Warm Welcome From Google" — , September 22, 2015
- Daryl Chin. "Of gay rights, free speech, and a dying man's wish" — , September 20, 2015
- Diane Smith. "North Texas Muslims unite behind Irving boy" — , September 19, 2015
- Monica Hernandez. "The student behind viral #IStandWithAhmed: ‘I had to’" — , September 18, 2015