A Muslim high school student has been accepted to Stanford University after answering an essay question – “What matters to you, and why?” – by writing “#BlackLivesMatter” 100 times in a row.
Ziad Ahmed of Princeton, New Jersey is now headed to one of the country’s most prestigious universities, and he told the website Mic that he was surprised and pleased at Stanford’s response.
“I didn’t think I would get admitted to Stanford at all,” he said, “but it’s quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability.”
In the interview, Ahmed said that his essay required no further elaboration and that, in fact, it would be offensive to even ask for it.
“The insistence on an explanation is inherently dehumanizing,” he said. “Black lives have been explicitly and implicitly told they don’t matter for centuries, and as a society – it is our responsibility to scream that black lives matter because it is not to say that all lives do not matter, but it is to say that black lives have been attacked for so long, and that we must empower through language, perspective, and action.”
So…we don’t know if Ahmed was accepted based on the essay or in spite of it, so we’ll reserve judgement on Stanford’s admissions policy. The kid’s lazy answer was actually stronger than the word salad he prepared for Mic.com, so he was probably wise to keep it simple. And he was apparently accepted at several other Ivy League universities as well, so we can only assume he has an impressive academic record.
And while you might expect conservatives to be irked by political correctness this ostentatious, it’s actually black activists who are the most outraged. Heat Street published examples from social media, including this one:
“Yeah I’m not sure I find this cute or heartwarming, no way a black kid could get rewarded for doing the same thing,” wrote Zoe Samudzi on Twitter. “When I/we talk about black struggle being used by non-black folks for social capital and material gain, this is what’s meant by it.”
She added: “This looks much nastier coming from non-black folks of color than from white people. Because they help meet the ‘diverse but SAFE’ quota.”
Hilarious. There literally is no winning the Oppression Olympics. You try to help, you’re told that you’re taking the spotlight away from the “Real Victims.” You don’t help, you’re told you’re part of the problem.
With a setup like that, what could go wrong?