How right-wing extremists forced a 14-year-old American boy into exile
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Score one for our country's pack of foam-at-the-mouth, mad dog, right-wing extremists.
Score one for our country’s pack of foam-at-the-mouth, mad dog, right-wing extremists.
For weeks, a crazed pack of these howlers has been stalking, snarling, and snapping at a 14-year-old Texas boy. Why is he under such a furious assault? Because his name is Ahmed Mohamed.
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He’s the inventive young fellow who built a homemade clock, assembling it from scrapped parts inside a pencil case. Proud of the craftsmanship, he brought it to his high school in Irving, Texas, to show to his teacher. Unfortunately, school officials fell into a knee-jerk panic, leaping to the conclusion that a teenager with an Arab name carrying a clock in a box must be a terrorist with a time bomb. Police came, seized Ahmed’s clever creation, and led him out of MacArthur High in handcuffs.
Ahmed is an all-American boy, born and raised here by middle class parents who are citizens of our Land of the Free. His clock was not a bomb, but… well, a clock. So he was quickly cleared by the police. But then – inexplicably – they released a photo of the clock, which was splashed all over the internet, unleashing a torrent of Islamophobia. The right-wing blogosphere exploded with rabidly-insane conspiracy theories, vicious assaults insisting that the high schooler was planted in America by Islamic terrorists, and a rash of unsubtle threats.
“This has destroyed the whole family,” Ahmed’s uncle told the Dallas Morning News. “We are here for 30 years. We love Irving and want to be in Irving.” But, the family says, the attacks on the boy, seething with anti-Islamic, anti-Arab rage are too much. “All the crazy things,” says the uncle – “This is a 14-year-old kid.”
So Ahmed and family have moved to Qatar, essentially exiled from their home by American extremists. What an awful loss for America – in so many ways.
“Ahmed gets clock back on eve of departure,” Austin American Statesman, October 25, 2015.