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Updates: Obama Invites Ahmed to the White House, Social Media Explodes with Support


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:

And there’s also talk of getting Ahmed to the quickly approaching World Maker Faire in New York:

Before Maker Faire happens, Ahmed may be attending the Google Science Fair:

Chris Hadfield also extended an invitation to Ahmed:

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass invites Ahmed to come tinker at the Autodesk HQ:

And the Dallas Hackers have invited Ahmed to give a talk (this kid is about to have a very busy schedule!):

Ahmed’s family Tweeted a picture this morning on their way to meet their lawyer:

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:

They also released a picture of Ahmed’s homemade build:

Photo via Ken Kalthoff

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:

As was Megan Smith, Chief Technical Officer of the United States:

As well as Mark Zuckerberg:

You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he…

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Pebble Tweeted this challenge to Ahmed’s school district:

And Twitter user femme_esq also had something else to say about Texas schools:

Muslims and non-Muslims alike are showing solidarity by posing with their clocks:

While others are meme-ifying the racist subtext inherent in the fear of a brown boy with a homemade circuit:

Despite concerned discussions of Islamaphobia, people are optimistic about Ahmed’s future:

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:

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.


Sophia is the managing editor of the Make: blog. When she’s not greasing editorial gears, she likes to run, ride, climb, and lift things, and make lo-tech goods like zines, desserts, and altered clothing. @sophiuhcamille

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