— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 16, 2015
Like any other school kid, Ahmed Mohamed worked on his class project adding extra gadgets and making a digital clock with wires attached to a small motor and it could have passed off as one of many with minimum appreciation but in his case it turned tragic that he was hounded by Irwing, Texas police in handcuffs to jail.
The teacher at MacArthur High school was unable to comprehend that he was like any other freshman aged 14 because his name had Islamic wording. The petrified school teacher thought it was a bomb seen in many Hollywood films and called the police who paid no attention to his plea but took him for task that he plans to leave the school.
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
But as the American society is known for its repentance and repairing the damage, the mistake was realized by none other than US President Barack Obama, who also has Islamic name hidden between the two — Hussein. He tweeted immediately and offered Ahmed to visit the White House in a rare show of magnanimity that the celbrity circles soon swamped the social media praising the boy.
Notable to support and extend sympathy were Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mark zuckerberg among others. The boy who dreams of studying at MIT, the world’s top university, is now smiling and agreed to visit Obama soon.
“Cool clock, Ahmed,” said President Barack Hussein Obama on Twitter. “Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.” The event at White House which Ahmed was invited was the Astronomy Night on October 19, that brings together scientists, engineers, astronauts, teachers and students to spend a night stargazing from the South Lawn.
— AJE News (@AJENews) September 16, 2015
The white House highlighted the fact that the unfortunate episode was a typical example of suspecting every Muslim without reason and the highhanded treatment meted out to Ahmed should be stopped. More than that, the incident brings a bigger picture to scare the modern society about the pertinent fear percolated in the mindsets.
Just a week ago, a Sikh man with a turban and beard was mistaken for Osama bin Laden’s supporter and bashed up to be landed in hospital. In many such instances, lack of awareness is the cause of hatred and knee-jerk reaction from the American society, which is not realizing that it was essentially a migrants country. Had it not been Europeans, may be Arabic travelers would have landed in the continent if the migration is opened to these countries now.
“Ahmed’s arrest is a logical conclusion to Islamophobia in Irving and it’s deplorable,” the chairwoman of the Dallas County Democratic Party, Carol Donovan, said in a statement.
For his part, Ahmed said the police still had his clock but not afraid any more. “Go for it,” he said. “Don’t let people change who you are.”