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Monday, October 14, 2019

Ahmed’s “Bomb” Clock

ahmed's clock          Ahmed Mohamed’s arrest for bringing a homemade clock to school caused the nation to erupt into controversy.

          Ahmed was viewed as the “Inventor Kid.” Staff members in his high school considered the 14-year-old’s engineering skills impressive.  On September 14, Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, encouraged him to display his technological abilities through a homemade clock. Ahmed “wanted to impress all of his teachers,” but when Ahmed presented his clock, his engineering teacher advised him to keep the clock inside of his backpack for the rest of the school day. Why? The answer is simple: racism. Ahmed is Middle Eastern, so adults in the school treated him like a loose form of a terrorist.

         As Ahmed went to his English class with his clock, he decided to plug in the device and set a time on it. His English teacher said that “it looks like a bomb. Don’t show it to anyone else.,” according to the story Later on, the clock was confiscated and the police were called. Ahmed was then handcuffed, arrested and interrogated.

         Several days later, this incident went viral. People questioned how the school handled this situation. Some supported the school’s decision to arrest Ahmed while others blamed it on Islamophobia.   

          I believe that the school’s reaction to Ahmed’s clock was irrational and inappropriate, and this whole debate was unnecessary. In my opinion, the school was scared and reacted in an extreme manner. Instead, the school should have supported Ahmed and his technological curiosity. In my opinion, this wouldn’t have happened if past terrorist attacks never occurred. Since 9/11, a  heavy national investment in national security has inadvertently triggered a prejudiced perspective toward Muslim American citizens, promoting a stereotype that all Muslims are terrorists. The stigma surrounding them was what caused Ahmed’s school to react they way they did. It was simply his Muslim background that stirred this situation, which is incredibly unreasonable and unfair.

          In the end, many stood with Ahmed from members in his community to the President of the United States.  This incident explicitly illustrates how our opinions of others are greatly affected by factors such as religion and ethnic background. Eliminating prejudice is easy. We need to remember not to pre-judge people based on the color of their skin or where they come from.  

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