Ahmed Mohamed started the week by making a clock. Before the end of Monday he was arrested and talking with the cops. Fourteen years old, Mohamed was suspended for reasons that aren’t clear to me. I understand the initial stereotyping. It happens. Mohamed, a Muslim, can’t simply be a bright kid who likes to make things. That’s too American for someone who doesn’t “look” American. Once he gets arrested and the police clear him of any wrong-doing, why doesn’t the school apologize and let Ahmed Mohamed back into class? I don’t know.
Ahmed’s story resonates with many who weren’t mainstream “cool” growing up — those who preferred to spend time taking things apart and rebuilding them, watch old movies with the A/V club, or play video games. His story also embodies the social urgency called to correct the racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural discrimination behind police profiling and the deep-seated perceptions that too often lead to the brutalization of marginalized communities.
But those biases aren’t limited to police encounters, trickling into everyday life and workplaces — an issue the tech industry is working to improve. That’s why, beyond the many lessons Ahmed can teach society about the gross dangers of prejudice, his story also provides a powerful anecdote in acceptance and the importance of diversity in tech.
When all is said and done, can this teenager move on with this life? Can he be better? Well, the answer is maybe. He has to battle through the crap which can be overwhelming sometimes. Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin shows how difficult it can be as she writes, “Whereas Ahmed Muhammad, an evidently obstinate-answering student bringing in a homemade ‘clock’ that obviously could be seen by conscientious teachers as a dangerous wired-up bomb-looking contraption (teachers who are told ‘if you see something, say something!’) gets invited to the White House.” I love it when Sarah is showing her racial bias.
We have seen these GoPro videos from skiers and featuring eagles as they soar through canyons. This is the best one that I have seen to date. These nerds (my peeps) built a cage and placed a GoPro camera and a Galaxy Note II (for GPS) in it. They did the calculations. They launched the thing, but then promptly lost it. It was found two years later with some amazing photos.
Kim Davis was holding fast to her beliefs. Good for her. I’m proud of her. I think that if you believe in something you should stick to it. Unfortunately, you also need to think about your job choices. If you don’t belief in violence, you probably shouldn’t be a Navy Seal. Kim Davis should have known that gay marriage was going to be the law of the land. I could see the writing on the wall. Why couldn’t she? She should have had a plan. Her plan shouldn’t be to defy the law of the land. Instead, she should have held a press conference and stated her beliefs and then resigned.
Look, this isn’t an attack on Christianity. It simply isn’t. This is an attack on someone who has decided to defy the law. If you break the law you go to jail. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said, “Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubts about the criminalization of Christianity in this country.” This is simply wrong. The statement is wrong. I’m a Christian and I don’t feel under attack.
When you sit back and look at the Bible, I mean really study the Bible, Jesus is telling us to take care of the poor. He is telling us to love our neighbors. He is telling us to love and obey God. If you read the Bible and think one of the most important tenets of Jesus’ teachings has to do with gay marriage, you have read the Bible incorrectly. Read it again. There are at most four or five passages that may have something to do with gay marriage or homosexuality. (Personally, I don’t think that any of those passages have squat to do with homosexuality. I think that the passages have to do with obeying God.) If you are Christian then you believe that Jesus came to earth to clarify the Old Testament. When you look at the red words… the words of Jesus, what did he say about homosexuality? Nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. I rest my case.
Ms. Davis needs to resign. She has become a hero to the Right. She can join Sarah Palin on the lecture circuit.