18 September 2015

#tokfriday: Sense Perception, Bias, and #IStandWithAhmed


On Monday morning, September 14th, Ahmed Mohamed, a 14 year-old freshman in Irving, Texas, was arrested for bringing a home-made clock to school. The clock was deemed to be a suspicious item and Ahmed was subsequently handcuffed and brought to a juvenile detention facility where he was held on possible charges of making a ". On Wednesday, the Irving Police Department decided to drop the charges related to making a hoax bomb. The school gave Ahmed a three day suspension. The incident brought wide-spread media coverage, with many finding an explicit case of bias, stereotyping, racial profiling, and Islamaphobia. 

The KQ

Other TOK Links

Reason, Intuition, Human Sciences, History

The Short Article

Muslim ninth grader arrested for bringing an electronics project to school

Further Reading

Project Implicit

White kid builds nuclear reactor and Homeland Security offers help

This Is Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock

7 Kids Not Named Mohamed Who Brought Homemade Clocks to School And Didn't Get Arrested

Ahmed Mohamed swept up, 'hoax bomb' charges swept away as Irving teen's story floods social media

Ahmed Mohamed's arrest is the perfect example of why racial profiling doesn't work


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