A Muslim teen got into Stanford University after writing “#BlackLivesMatter” 100 times in one of his essay in what has to be the top contender in the Virtue Signaling Olympics.
Ziad Ahmed, 18, who attends Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey, told Mic that his “#BlackLivesMatter” response to the question “What matters to you, and why?” doesn’t need an explanation.
“My unapologetic progressivism is a central part of my identity, and I wanted that to be represented adequately in my application,” Ahmed said, who also got into Yale and Princeton. “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 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.”
However, if a conservative (or libertarian) high school student wrote “#AmericaFirst” or “#TaxationIsTheft” 100 times, there’s a pretty good chance they wouldn’t be admitted to Stanford. What’s even worse is that even black high school students couldn’t write “#BlackLivesMatter” 100 times and get into one of these institutions.
Both Conservative and Black Twitter noticed this blatant use of virtue signaling and wasn’t impressed.
Zoe Samudzi hit the nail on the head, writing on Twitter, “Yeah I’m not sure I find this cute or heartwarming, no way a black kid could get rewarded for doing the same thing.”
She continued. “When I/we talk about black struggle being used by non-black folks for social capital and material gain, this is what’s meant by it. Everyone can be and is rewarded for their proximity to the black struggle & Black Lives Matter except for black people. How are you gonna make capitalizing on a popular and hypervisible movement a demonstration of solidarity? What even IS solidarity then? This looks much nastier coming from non-black folks of color than from white people. Because they help meet the ‘diverse but SAFE’ quota.”
Ahmed did not respond to a request for comment before the publication of this story.