A brilliant teenage activist has secured admission to the prestigious university the Stanford after he wrote #BlackLivesMatter 100 times on his application.
This he had written in response to the question ‘What matters to you, and why?’.
Ziad Ahmed the teenager had used the hashtag to signify that what mattered to him most was the equality of human beings and equal opportunities to all.
The Stanford staff were clearly impressed and sent him the acceptance letter which he made public by posting on Twitter.
The letter read,
‘Congratulations!’ ‘Everyone who reviewed your application was inspired by your passion, determination, accomplishments, and heart.’
— Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) April 1, 2017
Wow! This tweet of Ziad has gone viral – with more than 13,000 retweets and over 27,000 likes.
‘I was actually stunned when I opened the update and saw that I was admitted,’ Ziad told Mic.
‘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.’ For Ziad, his religion propagated the fight for justice.
He expressed so in his own words as,
“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 realise that one-fourth to one-third of the Muslim community in America are black… and to separate justice for Muslims from justice for the black community is to erase the realities of the plurality of our community.’
He wasn’t only subjected to praise, there were criticisms from some quarters too.
— Jim (@royalsoda1) April 3, 2017
— ravingloonys (@KOTZE5) April 4, 2017