Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
The reason this tweet is great is that it points out the great stupidity of the teachers/police, but by bringing Ahmed up rather than bringing them down. It brings all America up. Though the school/police did something wrong, the President isn't attacking them with hate.
The teachers/police were almost certainly racist, of course, but they don't see themselves that way. Attacking them with hate is therefore unlikely to fix anything. It's not going to change their behavior, because they think they did nothing wrong -- they'll just get more defensive. It's not going change the behavior of others, because everyone (often wrongly) believes they are part of the solution and not part of the problem.
Issues like Ahmed's deserve attention, but remember that reasonable people will disagree. Some believe the bigger issue is the racism. Other's believe that the bigger issue is the post 9/11 culture of ignorance and suspicion, where common electronics projects are seen as bomb threats.
But in today's political discourse, anybody who disagrees is labeled unreasonable. Those who think "ignorance" was a bigger issue than "racism" are viciously attacked for not taking racism seriously enough.
Even that is not enough hate. "Social justice" activists have used this incident to attack all white people for the crime of being "privileged".
What @IStandWithAhmed has gone through is a reminder of how whiteness = privilege. Great to see the hacker community rising up in support.— Gabriella Coleman (@BiellaColeman) September 16, 2015
There's so little room to experiment and play and invent even if you're white, and when you're not, you're not even given room to breathe— S.M.H. Jeong (@sarahjeong) September 16, 2015
We need less hate in the discussion. If you are a white nerd who believes the problem was ignorance more than racism, your opinion matters, too.
Personally, while the racism angle is more objectionable, the ignorance issue is more easily addressed. I've tried a little with humor:
Was just arrested in Irving, Texas for possession of a suspicious white substance pic.twitter.com/9QKk4LZ6Vx— Rob Graham (@ErrataRob) September 16, 2015
My point is this. Less anger and hate, that'll just drive people away from the lessons they could learn from this incident. Instead, more humor, and more bringing people up -- like the President's tweet.