Black people were not amused when Ziad Ahmed, a Muslim teenager, gained acceptance to Stanford University after writing “Black Lives Matter” 100 times in his application. Social media critics on “Black Twitter” screamed hypocrisy, many saying that a black applicant who did the same thing probably wouldn’t have been accepted.
— Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) April 1, 2017
“Everyone who reviewed your application was inspired by your passion, determination, accomplishments and heart,” read the letter he received from Stanford.
Ahmed told reporters that the reason he wrote the slogan 100 times on his application was because he is a BLM ally. “My unapologetic progressivism is a central part of my identity, and I wanted that to be represented adequately in my application,” he said. “To me, to be Muslim is to be a BLM ally, and I honestly can’t imagine it being any other way for me. Furthermore, it’s critical to realize that one-fourth to one-third of the Muslim community in America are (sic) black … and to separate justice for Muslims from justices for the black community is to erase the realities of the plurality of our community.”
The tweets from others on Twitter were highly critical and took offense to a “non-black” supporting BLM to advance his own agenda.
“Yeah I’m not sure I find this cute or heartwarming, no way a black kid could get rewarded for doing the same thing,” wrote one Twitter user, Zoe Samudzi. “When I/we talk about black struggle being used by non-black folks for social capital and material gain, this is what’s meant by it.”
Samudzi added, “This looks much nastier coming from non-black folks of color than from white people. Because they help meet the ‘diverse but SAFE’ quota.”
Not only could a black kid not get away with this, black kids are PUNISHED for supporting their own damn strugglehttps://t.co/6TunBw8Ckd
— Zoé Samudzi (@ztsamudzi) April 4, 2017
“This is so annoyingly performative,” tweeted another, adding, “Which black people are materially benefiting from him spamming #BLM on his app? I’m so unimpressed.”
Writer Roqayah Chamseddine referenced Ahmed’s defense of Hillary Clinton, noting that he even has a picture of himself with her. She tweeted, “That entire thing, including the photo with Clinton, makes me feel ill”.
Zaynab Shahar tweeted, “How is it that black teens who are administratively reprimanded for supporting BLM couldn’t get away w/an admission essay like that. And the fact that a non-black [person of color] writes BLM 100X and gets the same spot at Standford (sic) the black kid who busted ass *might get*?”
According to author Feminista Jones, “I’d be interested in hearing him get into more of the nuance of non-Black Muslims historically hating Black people/rejecting [Black] Muslims.”
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