Muslim Teen Writes #BlackLivesMatter 100 Times on His Stanford Application Statement and Get Accepted


This New Jersey teen, Ziad Ahmed knew exactly how to answer  the question "Is your activism performative or substantive?". On his application to Stanford University wrote the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter 100 times to answer the question "What matters to you, and why?". He is a senior at Princeton Day School and this was his response in an email:

“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.”


According to Root Ahmed told Mic “To me, to be Muslim is to be a BLM ally, and I honestly can’t imagine it being any other way for me,” Ahmed said. “Furthermore, it’s critical to realize that one-fourth to one-third of the Muslim community in America are black … and to separate justice for Muslims from justices for the black community is to erase the realities of the plurality of our community.”

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