There is a huge uproar over the recent arrest of Ahmed Mohamed in Irving Texas, and rightly so. Yes, he was probably racially profiled, yes, the police should not be questioning a minor without their parents, and no, he should not have been led away in handcuffs.
The thing that truly burns me is that this is a child! Why is it that five grown men (police officers) felt that their lives were threatened by a child? Why is it that the school assumed the worst of a child who has never posed a threat? Why are they still potentially pursuing this instead of apologizing and admitting they screwed up?
We still have a long way to go in our treatment of some of our most vulnerable population: children and the elderly. We continue to legally abuse them and then say, “Whoops’, and that is all.
Do you remember show and tell at school? Do you remember being excited about bringing in your latest invention, toy, or something to show your teachers? Do you remember the smiles of encouragement from your teachers that made your day? I do. What is difficult about encouraging student’s creativity instead of stifling them? What is difficult about assuming the best about our kids, not the worst?
We do care about kids, right?
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III