Teenager who wrote #BlackLivesMatter 100times in application gets into one of the world best institution
A teenage activist who wrote #BlackLivesMatter 100 times on his application has been accepted into one of the world’s most prestigious institutions.
In response to the question ‘What matters to you, and why?’, Ziad Ahmed used the hashtag to show Stanford that, in short, equality mattered.
They were clearly impressed. On Friday, he received his acceptance letter.
‘Congratulations!’ the letter, which Ziad then posted on Twitter, read. ‘Everyone who reviewed your application was inspired by your passion, determination, accomplishments, and heart.’
Since being posted on Saturday, Ziad’s tweet has gone viral – with more than 3,000 retweets and more than 6,500 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 Islamic faith is inseparable from the fight for justice for the black community.
‘To me, to be Muslim is to be a BLM ally, and I honestly can’t imagine it being any other way for me,’ he continued.
‘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.’
After the inevitable trolls bombarded Ziad’s original tweet, he sent a follow-up clarifying that his application did not consist of just a single question.
Also, it’s important to note that this response was one answer on one application. Not my college essay or etc. There’s a lot more to it.
— Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) April 4, 2017
And when you look at his credentials, it’s clear Ziad’s now-viral answer isn’t the only reason Stanford were keen to accept him.
According to the Root he has already given a TEDx Talk about youth activism, worked for the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley, and was even invited to the White House Iftar dinner. He also founded Redefy, a social justice organisation for teenagers.
And, unsurprisingly, he was also accepted into Ivy League universities Princeton and Yale, Refinery29 reported.