Earlier this week, a 14-year old Texas high school student named Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade clock to school simply because he likes inventing things and wanted to share that love with his teachers and fellow students. Unfortunately, when your name is Ahmed Mohamed and you carry around a homemade clock, people’s fear, racism, and innate shittiness tend to come out and you run the risk of getting arrested. At your school. Because of a clock. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Ahmed’s account of his arrest:
As horrifying as that story is, the image of a boy wearing a NASA shirt, in handcuffs because of his passion and intelligence, has brought a lot of attention, at a ton of support, Ahmed’s way.
I expect they will have more to say tomorrow, but Ahmed's sister asked me to share this photo. A NASA shirt! pic.twitter.com/nR4gt992gB— Anil Dash (@anildash) September 16, 2015
Here are just a few of the people who want Ahmed to know they admire and support him:
Obama is impressed and wants to hang.
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
Ditto for Hilary Clinton.
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
He has an open invitation to Facebook HQ.
Same goes for Google.
But not only do these big names support Ahmed. His story has struck a chord with scientists and just generally non-terrible people alike, who are outraged by his treatment. The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed sprung up as a way for people to show their solidarity for science.
My room looked exactly like his with soldering iron, computer, circuit boards. Some homemade, some cobbled together. #IStandWithAhmed— Grant Imahara (@grantimahara) September 16, 2015
The more I think about this the angrier I get. So much stupidity and racism. All aimed at a kid who wanted his teachers to be proud of him.— John Scalzi (@scalzi) September 16, 2015
Ahmed, you are welcome in the Hephaestus cabin at Camp Half-Blood any time. Some of the greatest heroes are inventors! #IStandWithAhmed— Rick Riordan (@camphalfblood) September 16, 2015
Seeing that kid in his NASA shirt being handcuffed for an invention he is proud of is so heartbreaking. #IStandWithAhmed— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 16, 2015
This support, by the way, has not been lost on Ahmed.