Outpourings of support for Ahmed Mohamed on social media today promptly followed the 14 year old’s arrest and suspension from school yesterday after the homemade digital clock he brought to class was mistaken for a bomb.
As of 10 a.m. this morning, over 400,000 Tweets were found with the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed, with sentiments ranging from serious discussions of racism, ignorance, and STEM education, to light-hearted pictures of solidarity featuring people bringing their own digital clocks to their schools and offices.
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The POTUS himself showed his support of Ahmed by promptly inviting him to the White House:
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
And there’s also talk of getting Ahmed to the quickly approaching World Maker Faire in New York:
— Barry Graubart (@graubart) September 16, 2015
Before Maker Faire happens, Ahmed may be attending the Google Science Fair:
Hey Ahmed- we're saving a seat for you at this weekend's Google Science Fair…want to come? Bring your clock! #IStandwithAhmed
— Google Science Fair (@googlescifair) September 16, 2015
Chris Hadfield also extended an invitation to Ahmed:
Hi @IStandWithAhmed ! I'd love you to join us for our science show Generator in Toronto on 28 Oct. There's a ticket waiting for you.
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) September 16, 2015
Autodesk CEO Carl Bass invites Ahmed to come tinker at the Autodesk HQ:
Ahmed, don’t let this stop your creativity. Come hang out at Autodesk and we’ll make something new together. #IStandWithAhmed
— Carl Bass (@carlbass) September 16, 2015
And the Dallas Hackers have invited Ahmed to give a talk (this kid is about to have a very busy schedule!):
— Dallas Hackers (@Dallas_Hackers) September 16, 2015
Ahmed’s family Tweeted a picture this morning on their way to meet their lawyer:
Going to meet my lawyer. pic.twitter.com/YCxOOeOz3Z
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) September 16, 2015
But as of 9 a.m. this morning, just one minute after the above picture was posted, the Irving Police Department announced that they have dropped and closed the case:
— Ken Kalthoff (@KenKalthoffNBC5) September 16, 2015
They also released a picture of Ahmed’s homemade build:
While the resolution seems swift and appropriate, it hasn’t quelled the explosion of support for Ahmed. Hillary Clinton was quick to voice her stance:
Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://t.co/ywrlHUw3g1
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2015
As was Megan Smith, Chief Technical Officer of the United States:
— Megan Smith (@USCTO) September 16, 2015
As well as Mark Zuckerberg:
Pebble Tweeted this challenge to Ahmed’s school district:
— Pebble (@Pebble) September 16, 2015
And Twitter user femme_esq also had something else to say about Texas schools:
— Brienne of Snarth (@femme_esq) September 16, 2015
Muslims and non-Muslims alike are showing solidarity by posing with their clocks:
— CAIR-Chicago (@cairchicago) September 16, 2015
— Tariq Khokhar (@tkb) September 16, 2015
While others are meme-ifying the racist subtext inherent in the fear of a brown boy with a homemade circuit:
— Faisal Kutty (@faisalkutty) September 16, 2015
Despite concerned discussions of Islamaphobia, people are optimistic about Ahmed’s future:
I used to take circuit boards & electronics to school, even as the only brown kid. Now, my entire job is building a community of makers.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) September 16, 2015
And of course, the Make: community has been quick to show our support of Ahmed as well. Words of wisdom, encouragement, and advice are coming in from all directions:
— GraydonS (@GraydonScates) September 16, 2015
— Kris Struble (@KrisStruble) September 16, 2015
— Catalyst TechMobile (@CatalystMJ) September 16, 2015
— David L Norris (@DavidLNorris) September 16, 2015
So at the end of the day, there's a lesson learned: piss off a school by being an inventor, get invited to the White House.
— Jim the Burke (@Nicegress) September 16, 2015
The following comments are from our Facebook page:
Maria Elena Uriarte-Zygmunt puts it concisely:
Smh once more at humanity.
And she also adds an open letter to Ahmed:
I am proud of your enthusiasm. Seeking out praise for what you did was not wrong! Do not let your intelligence be squashed by those who are afraid of you. Their fear could teach you fear. So be open to compassion and know many of us support and love you. And are proud of you!!! Seek us out for we are here! “We are here!”
Allen Seymour reminds Irving’s school district and police:
We should be proud of young men like this.
Dennis San Vicente says:
The Maker and even larger DIY community have to rally and show support to Ahmed and other young creative & resourceful minds. Instead of extinguishing this heart, use it as a rallying point to bring more awareness, appreciation, and celebration [to] the next young creators in our world. Racial profiling and ignorance doubly sucks too.
Sean Walker’s words of encouragement:
Build on young man! BUILD ON!!
This post will be updated as events develop.