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posted May 22, 2017, 7:27 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: DeVon Hayes

    According to CNN, a high school senior named Ziad Ahmed, has been accepted to Stanford University after answering the essay question by writing #BlackLivesMatter 100 times. The essay question was, “What matters to you and why?

    He didn’t do this as a prank or a joke. He explained that he used the hashtag because it “conveyed his frustrations with the judicial system's failure to protect the black community from violence, systemic inequity and political disenfranchisement.

    He went on to add, "As I completed my application, my academic work, volunteer activity, extracurricular and activism created a picture, but it became apparent to me as I neared that final question that the picture lacked my voice. It was important that to me that the admissions officers literally hear my impatience for justice and the significance of this issue."

    Ahmed stated that "The Islamophobia that is heavily present in this country is connected to the legacy of racism and oppression that the black community continues to face."

    According to CNN, Ahmed has been “bullied online by white extremists since his successful Stanford application made headlines. But he says he's also been overwhelmed by an outpouring of support and congratulations.”

    Ahmed founded an organization called Redefy as a freshman in high school. This nonprofit organization advocates for social justice. Redefy’s mission is to “defy stereotypes, defeat hate and promote tolerance through workshops for young students.”

    This young man hopes that this story hopes that it will encourage others to stand up against social injustice and inequality along with him.


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