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BlackLivesMatter…On a Stanford University Application

This kid is hot, and is shaping up to possibly be a leader in the future…

Meet the Muslim teen who repeated #BlackLivesMatter on his Stanford application and got in

When Ziad Ahmed was asked “What matters to you, and why?” on his Stanford University application, only one thing came to mind: #BlackLivesMatter.

So for his answer, Ahmed — who is a senior at Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey — wrote #BlackLivesMatter exactly 100 times. The risky decision paid off. On Friday, Ahmed received his acceptance letter from Stanford.

“I was actually stunned when I opened the update and saw that I was admitted,” Ahmed said in an email. “I didn’t think I would get admitted to Stanford at all, but it’s quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability.”

On Saturday, Ahmed posted his answer and acceptance letter on Twitter with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. The tweet now has over 700 retweets and over 2,000 likes. It has also been retweeted by members of Campaign Zero, a police reform campaign, and some of its founders, Brittany Packnett and Samuel Sinyangwe.

“My unapologetic progressivism is a central part of my identity, and I wanted that to be represented adequately in my application,” Ahmed said.

Ahmed said his Islamic faith and his commitment to justice is intertwined. He believes he wouldn’t be practicing his religion correctly if he turned a blind eye to the injustices the black community faces on a daily basis.

“To me, to be Muslim is to be a BLM ally, and I honestly can’t imagine it being any other way for me,” Ahmed said. “Furthermore, it’s critical to realize that one-fourth to one-third of the Muslim community in America are black … and to separate justice for Muslims from justices for the black community is to erase the realities of the plurality of our community.”

Ahmed said as an ally of the black community, he felt it was his duty to make a statement and speak up against the injustices he witnesses. But while he does consider himself as an activist first, he emphasizes that it’s not his place to speak on behalf of the black community.

“As an ally of the black community though, it is my duty to speak up in regards to the injustice, and while this was not a form of ‘activism‘ as it was simply an answer in a college application,” he said. “I wanted to make a statement.”

Perhaps it’s no surprise, though, that Stanford wanted Ahmed among its class of 2021. The Bangladeshi-American teen has already been making impressive waves in his activism work. At just 18 years old, Ahmed has already been invited to the White House Iftar dinner and recognized as an Muslim-American change-maker under the Obama administration.

In 2016, he interned and worked for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign after leading Martin O’Malley’s youth presidential campaign. In November 2015, Ahmed gave a TedxTalk in Panama City, Panama, discussing the perils and impact of stereotypes as a young Muslim teen.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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White Boy Justice

Imagine if this was a black kid? Hell, black kids spend more time in jail than this for getting caught smoking a joint. The public has a right to be outraged.

WATCH: Fox host loses patience after defense attorney touts Stanford rapist’s ‘good character’

Defense attorney Randy Zelin told both CBS News and Fox News on Tuesday that Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky had handed down a “fair” sentence by sending convicted rapist Brock Allen Turner to jail for only six months.

In an appearance on CBSN, Zelin insisted that “there is no right, there is no wrong” when it came to the sentencing of rapists.

“The victim is always considered,” he insisted. “The thrust of the entire system was put on this young man’s shoulders. So, yes, she was considered.”

According to Zelin, claims that Turner benefited from “white privilege” was “nothing more than a soundbite.”

“What I know about this young man’s family, they are a hardworking middle class family,” the defense attorney insisted. “He’s not necessarily a young man of privilege. He went to Stanford University. For all we know, he’s there on a scholarship. He had aspirations to be an Olympic swimmer. He could be a very, very smart young man and be there on an academic scholarship. So, let’s throw that out.”

Zelin said that outrage at Turner’s father for describing the rape as “20 minutes of action” was simply “political incorrectness.”

“It is the father of a son, the father of a child who before this happened woke up every day thinking, ‘My son is going to be a star,’” he opined. “‘He can go to the Olympics, he can become an orthopedic surgeon. I have devoted my life to giving my son the chance to be great and that opportunity is forever lost.’”

Zelin later told Fox News host Martha MacCallum that the defendant should not be penalized for not showing remorse.

“Six months in jail, if you’ve never spent a second in jail, that is a lifetime,” Zelin remarked. “The collateral consequences of this conviction, a lifetime of being a sex offender, forget about getting a job, forget about the Olympics. Don’t tell me that he got off with a slap on the wrist. That’s simply not the case.”

“The judge got letters from friends and family all attesting to this young man’s good character,” he later added. “The judge looked at the defendant’s past, his present and he also looked at his future. And this young man is still going to jail.”

By the end of the interview, it was clear that MacCallum had enough of Zelin’s lack of concern for the victim.

“You’re obviously very focused on this young man,” the Fox News host quipped. “And less so on this young woman whose account I would urge people to read.”

 

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