In the very literal sense, there is something very wrong with this picture. On one side you have two white children openly carrying firearms out in public, a public that doesn’t allow you to drink until 21, but will let kids carry guns. On the other side, a brilliant student, who happens to be Muslim, getting arrested because he was smart enough to put together his own clock. However, being Muslim, his Texas school thought it was a bomb, because yes, they are that narrow-minded and obviously Islamophobic.
How did the Irving, Texas school explain why they arrested Ahmed Mohamed after bringing in his clock — by claiming he broke the “Student Code of Conduct.” Apparently, Ahmed’s clock was a “suspicious item” — even though, clearly, it was a clock.
However, elsewhere in Texas, kids that aren’t named “Ahmed Mohamed” and don’t have brown skin, and aren’t Muslim, are allowed to carry rifles down the street. Which is hardly the “well regulated militia” our founders intended to rise up at the call of the government to repel invasions and suppress insurrections.
Guns are not toys, and they shouldn’t be carried about as some sort of “proof” that you are somehow a better American for letting your kids have the potential to harm themselves or others.
These two images, side by side, need to be etched into the mind of not just every Texan, but every American. What we are witnessing, to say it curtly, is sick. Some children being put on a pedestal and allowed to openly carry firearms as if they’re not a threat to the community, and then another kid, a bright, scientific-minded student, creates his own clock, and gets arrested.
A 14-YEAR-OLD, ARRESTED?! C’mon now. That’s some bullshit right there.
Thankfully, President Obama saw the error in Ahmed’s school, and the brilliance of Ahmed himself, and has since invited him to the White House. Encouraging the young man to continue on his scientific journey, instead of being arrested for it.
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
Let’s not pretend racism and Islamophobia aren’t alive and well in not just Texas, but all over the United States. It needs to stop, and it needs to stop now.