Sara Abbas: "Why It Matters That Ahmed Mohamed Is Both Black and Muslim"
Sara Abbas comments on the case of Ahmed Mohamed
Like Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old teenager from Irving, Texas arrested for bringing a clock to school, I grew up Sudanese and Muslim in America, though of a different generation. My family moved to the United States from Khartoum in 1990, when I was 12 years old. In the mid '90s, when I attended high school in New York, bringing a home-made clock to school would not have resulted in arrest. Muslims were treated as backward, though rarely dangerous.
Ahmed Mohamed lives in a different time. It wasn't long after his arrest that social media began debating who he is and what impact his identity had on what transpired. For the most part, news reports referred to him as "a Muslim boy," his own family emphasizing his religious identity as the reason why, in Ahmed's words, he was made to feel like "a terrorist."