Remember Ahmed Mohamed, a.k.a. Clock Boy? He made national news when he was arrested last year for bringing what was mistaken as a bomb to his high school, sparking a dialogue on racial profiling and Islamophobia in America. Anyone who actually took a look at the “clock” (that it turned out, he didn’t even make) quickly realized that the police were called because what he brought to school actually looked like a bomb.After studying in Qatar for a year, Ahmed returned back to the U.S. in June. Since then, he’s kept a relatively low profile, remaining accessible to the public through Twitter. On the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the United States yesterday, he posted a message there that was less than tasteful.
RIP the 2977 americans who died in 9/11 and RIP the 2 million innocent muslims who died during the US invasion for something they didnt do.
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) September 11, 2016
After five minutes of research, I found the total estimated civilian death toll from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to be between 141,868-153,436. A reminder of the harsh reality of war for sure, but a far cry from two million. If we look just at the war in Afghanistan, we get a civilian death toll even further from two million, of 26,270. Ahmed’s father is a 9/11 truther, but it’s unknown if the son shares those views.
@bpadair since when giving a fact anyway related to politics? What happened was sad, and a tragedy. No innocent lives should be taken.— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) September 11, 2016
@JaclynHStrauss it's funny because we didn't invade Iraq for 9/11. Just shows stupidity loves company
— Andrew Stansbury (@Darksizzle) September 12, 2016
Ahmed also posted under the hashtag #afterseptember11, where Muslims posted about alleged hate crimes they suffered after September 11th. In America, Jews experience hate crimes at a rate ten times higher than Muslims, but the narrative of an Islamophobic America persists in the media.
@IStandWithAhmed Don't act like it's broken you in half man. It's your claim to fame. The very reason you have a tick beside your name.
— ClutchOn&Win (@MidCourtCrisis) September 11, 2016
It looks like Ahmed forgot that the extremely minor act of “victimization” he suffered led to him becoming a public figure, got him an invite to the White House, thousands of dollars in gifts from Microsoft, a full scholarship to study in Qatar and internship offers from Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook, and countless of other opportunities.
There’s a problem of students being suspended for extremely trivial reasons (remember the seven year-old boy who was suspended for making a pop-tart in the shape of a gun?), but there’s no evidence to suggest that Ahmed’s religion had anything to do with his arrest. Back in 2001, in New Jersey, nine-year old Jason Anagnos was arrested, charged and convicted for having brought a fake bomb along on a gifted-and-talented class field trip. You’ve never heard about him, because he wasn’t a Muslim, and thus the media couldn’t push a narrative about Islamophobia in America.
— shishkebab (@shishkebab123) September 11, 2016
Meanwhile, Ahmed’s family has filed a $15 million lawsuit against the City of Irvine and school district in August. How much longer will they be allowed to milk this hoax?
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]