HUFFPOST: Teen Writes ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ 100 Times On Stanford Application, Gets In

In answer to the question “What matters to you, and why?” on his Stanford application, Huffington Post blogger Ziad Ahmed made his point. Over and over and over.

The Muslim teen from Princeton, New Jersey, wrote “#BlackLivesMatter” 100 times, Mic reported.

On Friday, he received his letter of acceptance, which he posted to Twitter on Saturday.

“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,” Ahmed told Mic.

As for his emphasis on #BlackLivesMatter in the application, Ahmed, 18, said to the outlet, “To me, to be Muslim is to be a BLM ally, and I honestly can’t imagine it being any other way for me.”

Early Tuesday, Ahmed clarified on Twitter that there was more to his application than that single reply.


Evan Wei-Haas