It is so easy to get caught up in the obvious parts of a story and miss the details that make it all too apparent what was really going on. I’m confident you are aware of the news item about top student, Ahmed Mohamed, who was accused of making a fake/hoax bomb at MacArthur High School in Irvine, Texas, and arrested, fingerprinted, etc. He was not allowed to speak to his parents for over an hour. I admire that in a news conference he was asked if he would meet with the principal of the high school and he said he would not without his lawyer present. They play hard ball with you, play back, they deserve it otherwise their power will consistently be unchecked. Ahmed has all the abused nerds of the world on his side, including President Obama and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg who have publicly proclaimed their support and desire to meet the young man.
That ignorant treatment of the young man was itself worthy of ire; the obvious story had plenty to be outraged about. But, it really isn’t the story that should upset us most.
This is floating around the internet (thank you to my wife for spotting it), a real (or fictional) exchange between two people, one believing the Irvine, Texas school’s statement that they believed the homemade clock was a bomb. Here’s a place to read it in detail (Daily Kos), but this is what the bottom line is: The officials at the school did not evacuate the school, isolate the suspected bomb from people or call the bomb squad. That is to say, they knew it wasn’t a bomb, because anything remotely suspicious is treated as bomb by doing all the above. Their goal seems apparent: to make an example of this kid, to humiliate him for being outstanding along with being of African and Muslim descent, a point of terrible cognitive dissonance, I suspect.
#IStandWithAhmed We all should.