Imagine that you're in your early teens.
Imagine that you're named after a major religious figure living centuries ago in the Middle East.
Imagine that you're interested in Science
so much that you try to Engineer
things on your own, which then forces you to learn the Mathematics
that help you along the way, all that while you're still in your early teens.
At this point, two things can happen.
In one case, your name is associated with Christianity, your skin is white, you live in France. You get encouraged, doors open for you, you get guided toward top education, you'll eventually get amazing jobs, and you'll end up living a comfortable life. That's my story.
In another case, your name is associated with Islam, your skin is brown, you live in Texas. You get shamed, you get arrested, schools close their doors on you. That's Ahmed Mohammed's story. I don't know how that story ends, but I'm really hoping it ends well.
That's a pretty extreme case of privilege. But it is privilege nonetheless. We have to recognize such extreme cases of privilege if we want to be able to fight all forms of privilege. That's the only way we can eventually reach a point where all men are created equal,
where we all have certain unalienable Rights,
including Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,
because clearly we're not there yet.
has already been seriously infringed, and from this point his pursuit of Happiness
is in jeopardy, possibly for the rest of his Life.#IStandWithAhmed