Look at that face and name: there’s someone who clearly needs careful scrutiny. He’s a 14 year old in Irving, Texas, who likes to build electronic gadgets. He must be very dangerous, because when he showed up at school with a digital device he’d built, the police were called and he was handcuffed and led out of the school and taken to jail.
They led Ahmed into a room where four other police officers waited. He said an officer he’d never seen before leaned back in his chair and remarked: “Yup. That’s who I thought it was.”
Ahmed felt suddenly conscious of his brown skin and his name — one of the most common in the Muslim religion. But the police kept him busy with questions.
The bell rang at least twice, he said, while the officers searched his belongings and questioned his intentions. The principal threatened to expel him if he didn’t make a written statement, he said.
“They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’” Ahmed said.
“I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”
“He said, ‘It looks like a movie bomb to me.’”
You know, it’s really not that hard to tell a clock from a bomb, unless, of course, you’re a dumbfuck racist cop or school administrator.
Ahmed Mohamed is going to grow up, go to college, become a successful engineer, and vote. That’s what ought to scare these bigots.
Here he tells his own story.
He sounds like the kind of kid colleges will be avidly recruiting in a few years. At least he’s going to have no problem getting out of Irving, Texas.