Blue Nation Review: How a 14-Year-Old Can Be Arrested for Bringing an Alarm Clock to School in Texas


‪Editor’s Note: #‎President‬ ‪#‎Obama‬ gives shout-out to Ahmed on Twitter: “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.”

Thank you to the President for stepping in and supporting this issue with a great POSITIVE message to Ahmed. We must get out of the ‪#‎Prison‬ mindset running rampant in #America. Locking up our kids is NOT the answer. Thank you President Obama.

Let’s rethink ‪#‎Justice‬.


Blue Nation Review: How a 14-Year-Old Can Be Arrested for Bringing an Alarm Clock to School in Texas

It’s amazing how little we’ve progressed in recovering from 9/11.

Ten years ago, I was at a checkpoint on the U.S.-Canada border, waiting for my friend Farres to be released. We were 13 years old, and had gone to Montreal with our French class to practice the language.

While border agents gave cursory glances at my passport and the papers of most of my classmates and teachers, Farres was held, unseen, in a separate room for roughly an hour.

Farres, who stood up the first day of class and helped us pronounce his name by saying, “It’s like ‘forest,’ without the ‘t.’” Farres, whose family introduced Starbucks to Dubai – as if there wasn’t anything more American than the coffee, capitalism, and colonialism involved in that!

I remember waiting, tensely, with the rest of our classmates, wondering if he would be released. “It’s so unfair,” we kept saying.

But even then, we knew that having brown skin and a certain kind of name was enough to get you in trouble. We were only 13, but firmly rooted in a post-9/11 world. Only four years had passed since the attacks.

Ahmed Mohamed was wearing a NASA T-shirt when the police put him in handcuffs on Monday at his school in suburban Dallas, Texas.

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