A muslim boy, Ziad Ahmed, of New Jersey decided to apply to the Ivy League school Stanford by making his college essay a little different… Instead of writing an actual essay, he just wrote #BlackLivesMatter over 100 times. The kicker? HE GOT IN.
He bragged by posting on his social media, and his parents bragged on theirs. Ahmed attends an expensive private school currently.
“What matters to you, and why?” was the essay question that was posed to Ahmed. The boy admits he was surprised that Stanford let him in after that essay. He views himself as an activist.
“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,” he told media.
The Daily Mail has the rest of the story:
‘The insistence on an explanation is inherently dehumanizing,’ Ahmed continued. ‘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.’
Others didn’t see Ahmed’s minimalist response the same way.
When he posted the essay and letter to Twitter on Friday, there was a mixed response from some who supported the statement, some who did not think it helped the cause, and others who thought it was a cop out.
‘If this isn’t proof America’s system of higher education is a joke, what does?’ one user wrote.
Another user said he should have used the essay to elaborate his feelings on the movement.
‘With all of the other good things he’s done, a real ally would’ve wrote something poignant instead of this bulls*** attempt to look progressive,’ one user wrote.
One man responded: ‘He’s stated (poignantly) that it’s inherently dehumanizing to explain why a life matters. It should need no justification.’
Other users defended Ahmed by pointing out the fact that his impressive resume was probably enough to get him into the school in the first place.
According to Mic, Ahmed has already worked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and been invited to the White House during Obama’s administration.
He also founded his own teenage marketing consulting firm and an organization to promote tolerance. He’s also given Ted Talks around the world about what it’s like to be a Muslim teen.
In addition to Stanford, Ahmed was accepted to Yale and Princeton. He has until May to make his final decision.
Ahmed says he isn’t sure what he wants to study yet but is interested in international relations, cognitive science, economics, comparative studies in race and ethnicity.
His father, a former investment banker who now runs his own hedge fund, went to Yale. His mother is an electrical engineer turned stay at home mom.