- post by: #TooRealForTV
- April 05, 2017
Muslim Teen Gets Into Stanford After Writing #BLM 100 Times on Application
There is hope that with the right amount of activism, anything is possible as shown by an 18-year-old Muslim activist named Ziad Ahmed. The teenager was asked the question “What matters to you, and why?” on his Stanford University application. His response unexpectedly made more waves than he intended. In response to the question, Ahmed wrote “#BlackLivesMatter” 100 times.
This past Friday (March 31), the teenage activist received an acceptance letter from Stanford University, which he shortly posted to Twitter after receiving. When asked what he thought about the shocking decision, the Princeton, New Jersey-based teen said “I was actually stunned when I opened the update and saw that I was admitted. I didn’t think I would get admitted to Stanford at all, but it’s quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability.”
Since posting his answer to the question and acceptance letter on Twitter with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, his retweet has received 2,000 likes and over 700 retweets. Ahmed gave more insight to why he responded with #BLM to the essay question, saying “My unapologetic progressivism is a central part of my identity, and I wanted that to be represented adequately in my application. To me, to be Muslim is to be a BLM ally, and I honestly can’t imagine it being any other way for me. Furthermore, it’s critical to realize that one-fourth to one-third of the Muslim community in America are black … and to separate justice for Muslims from justices for the black community is to erase the realities of the plurality of our community.”
Ziad Ahmed did make it clear via Twitter that his response was only the answer to one question on the application, not his entire college essay like some have made it out to be. According to Huffington Post, Ahmed was also accepted to Princeton University and Yale University.