Black Twitter is divided over the Muslim teenager who wrote #BlackLivesMatter 100 times on his college application instead of writing a personal essay — and got accepted to Stanford University.
While some on Twitter have thanked New Jersey high school senior Ziad Ahmed for being an ally to the movement, others have criticized him for co-opting it for his own personal gain.
“[Non-black people of color], you have to start confronting the space you take away from Black folks to center yourselves & ignore yr anti-blackness,” one user wrote.
“This is so cool. Ziad Ahmed believes to be a Muslim is to be a #BlackLivesMatter ally. He took a risk for what he believes in, It paid off,” wrote another.
Ahmed tweeted a screenshot of his Stanford acceptance letter on Saturday, next to a photo of his response to the prompt: “What matters to you, and why?” Instead of writing an essay, Ahmed simply responded with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter repeated 100 times.