President Obama wants Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, to bring his creation to the White House. Obama tweeted out support for Mohamed this morning, saying that America ought to be encouraging students to get into science and engineering — presumably, rather than arresting them. “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?” he said. “We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.”
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.
Almost as soon as Avi Selk’s eye-popping story — about Irving 9th-grader Ahmed Mohamed’s arrest after teachers mistook his homemade clock for a bomb — posted Tuesday night, national media figures started weighing in.
How big is has it gotten? Just check out this visualization from Twitter:
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has weighed in:
Most of the undergraduates in my courses on Asian- and South Asian American communities, were in kindergarten when the attacks of 11 September 2001 occurred, so they have lived in the reality of post-9/11 America for most of their lives.
But their ability to critically analyze our government’s policies and practices in the post-9/11 environment is limited, because the narrative about the day and its aftermath – lives lost; War on Terror triggered – excludes the stories of South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh communities in America and their ongoing experiences with hate violence, discrimination, government surveillance and profiling.
The pain of growing up Muslim in post-9/11 America
By Mahjabeen Syed
Keep your head low.” My mother said those words to me sometime after Sept. 11, 2001. It left me baffled and confused at the age of 10. What did my being Muslim have to do with an attack that turned buildings into ash and rubble more than 700 miles away?
I accidentally smashed my thumb in my mother’s Corolla door on the first anniversary of 9/11. She insisted I still go to school even though my thumb had already begun to turn the hues of a Turbo Rocket Popsicle. I was dressed for the occasion, I thought. Red ribbons complacently swayed with my pigtails, red shirt and blue jeans making my white belt pop.
Standing in the middle of a congested sixth-grade classroom, right hand over my chest, feeling my heart race beneath my throbbing thumb, I distinctly recall being aware of the eyes on me. Hushed and mental accusations that would eventually be verbalized hovered about and seared with the kind of hostility that 11-year-olds were capable of, ignorant and intentionally unforgiving. An archaic recording of the national anthem roared louder than it should have as it tumbled out of the intercom. A moment of silence followed, and I detected the teacher taking a peek at me.
A Saudi businessman has donated $10 million to Yale Law School to establish what school officials hope will become the country’s top center for the study of Islamic law.
Abdallah S. Kamel made the award after meetings with university representatives including Yale President Peter Salovey. Kamel, chief executive of the Dallah Albaraka Group banking and real estate enterprise in Saudi Arabia, has sponsored a lecture series on Islamic law for the last three years.
Amid Syrian refugees crisis President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, the White House said on Thursday.
It is the first specific commitment the United States has made toward increasing its acceptance of refugees from the war-torn country.
Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the United States has taken in 1,500 refugees, with 300 more expected to be cleared by October.
But refugee advocates and some members of Congress say taking in an additional 10,000 refugees does not go far enough toward addressing the humanitarian crisis triggered by the war, which has prompted a massive refugee influx into Europe.