A teenager who wrote #BlackLivesMatter 100 times on his university application has been accepted into one of the world’s best institutions.
Ziad Ahmed, who is a youth activist, said that he used the hashtag to show that equality mattered. Clearly it impressed the university officials, as he was accepted into Stanford Uni.
— Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) April 1, 2017
Well that was easy. I guess it beats spending hours writing about your achievements and life goals. Ziad 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.
He added that his Islamic faith is inseparable from the Black Lives Matter movement:
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.
Before you get angry about the lack of effort it took for Ziad to be accepted, it’s clear that the letter wasn’t the only reason. Apparently he has already been given a TEDx Talk about youth activism, working on presidential campaigns, and was even invited to dinner at the White House. So he’s definitely got the credentials to back up his application letter. As a result, he’s also been accepted into Princeton and Yale. Looks like Ziad’s got a bright future ahead of him.
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