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Apparently it's frowned upon to be brown and exceptional in Texas?

Based on the logic behind the Irving County Police Department’s recent arrest of Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock to school, every science fair should be investigated as a potential jihadi training ground. That’s right, smart kids, hide your I.Q. (and if you’re brown, don’t even THINK about excelling at STEM).

This incident makes us want to mess with Texas—and racial-profiling in law enforcement, and Islamophobia on a national level. Seems like while cops are busy handcuffing wunderkinds for their brilliance, there are some different looking kids bringing guns to school on the reg. Maybe investigate them? I don’t know, just spitballing.

Either way, #IStandWithAhmed, and for not jumping to conclusions and handcuffing a bright, innocent kid.

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