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Fri Sep 18, 2015, 09:49 AM

George Takei's Facebook Letter to Ahmed Mohamed

http://fox2now.com/2015/09/17/george-takeis-breathtaking-facebook-letter-to-ahmed-mohamed/

https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei

TRANSCRIPT:

Dear Ahmed,

I’ve never met you, and it’s quite possible you’ve never heard of me, but my name is George Takei. I am many decades older than you, but your story and your experience—when you were arrested at your school simply because you brought in a clock for your teacher--struck a chord with me. You see, when I was a bit younger than you, I was also viewed by others as “the enemy” and treated as such, simply because I happened to look like the people who had attacked America.

Like you, I was just a kid trying to find his place in the world. I loved my country, and I looked forward to all the opportunities and challenges ahead. But my childhood was interrupted by fear and ignorance. When the authorities came for you because they believed you had built a bomb, I was reminded, in a way, of when the army came for us. They ordered us out of our home believing we were suspicious people because of our names, our faces, our ancestry. I spent my childhood in an internment camp because of that fear and ignorance.

But I want you to know, while America may have done a terrible thing to me and my family, and to 120,000 other Japanese Americans, I have great hope for this country, and I believe we do learn. There was a Japanese word we often said in the camps: Gaman. It means to keep on keeping on, with dignity and fortitude. I think you understand this word already. While certain school officials and police officers may have shown you the worst side of our nation, I understand many others have since shown you the best side. I was touched to hear you say that we all have to be true to ourselves.

Ahmed, you are now part of the story of America, and many will learn from your fine example. I see great things ahead for you.


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DinahMoeHum Sep 2015 OP
daleanime Sep 2015 #1
Tommy_Carcetti Sep 2015 #2
longship Sep 2015 #3
Glassunion Sep 2015 #23
longship Sep 2015 #24
Glassunion Sep 2015 #25
longship Sep 2015 #27
Glassunion Sep 2015 #33
longship Sep 2015 #34
Capt.Rocky300 Sep 2015 #42
Glassunion Sep 2015 #43
nightscanner59 Sep 2015 #44
LiberalElite Sep 2015 #45
csziggy Sep 2015 #46
spiderpig Sep 2015 #4
Octafish Sep 2015 #5
yuiyoshida Sep 2015 #29
N_E_1 for Tennis Sep 2015 #6
ZM90 Sep 2015 #7
underpants Sep 2015 #8
mountain grammy Sep 2015 #9
sarge43 Sep 2015 #10
Gothmog Sep 2015 #11
ReactFlux Sep 2015 #12
LostOne4Ever Sep 2015 #13
lunatica Sep 2015 #14
Jack Rabbit Sep 2015 #15
tabasco Sep 2015 #16
JackInGreen Sep 2015 #17
flamin lib Sep 2015 #18
MurrayDelph Sep 2015 #19
deutsey Sep 2015 #20
SoapBox Sep 2015 #21
jwirr Sep 2015 #22
smirkymonkey Sep 2015 #26
dembotoz Sep 2015 #28
The2ndWheel Sep 2015 #30
beac Sep 2015 #31
staggerleem Sep 2015 #32
kimbutgar Sep 2015 #35
merrily Sep 2015 #36
whopis01 Sep 2015 #37
klook Sep 2015 #38
hifiguy Sep 2015 #39
Dont call me Shirley Sep 2015 #40
niyad Sep 2015 #41
davidpdx Sep 2015 #47

Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 09:52 AM

1. You have to love....

George.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 09:54 AM

2. Full speed ahead, Mr. Sulu. nt

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:01 AM

3. Ahead, warp factor 6, Mr. Sulu. R&K nt

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Response to longship (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:06 PM

23. DUDE!!!! ONLY IN EMERGENCIES!!!

Keep it to WF 5 or lower.

The Federation Council makes rules for a reason.

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Response to Glassunion (Reply #23)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:11 PM

24. Scotty said, "the engines canna handle it much longer!" nt

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Response to longship (Reply #24)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:14 PM

25. It aint that...

The engines are fine, it's the damage to space time...

If your recall, scientist Serova opened a subspace rift by overloading her ships engines to a warp core breach in the Hekaran sector. This demonstrated that conventional warp engines did in fact cause severe damage to the fabric of spacetime. So, to slow the rate of damage, the Federation Council shared the findings with all known warp capable species and imposed a speed restriction of warp factor 5 on all Federation vessels in all but extreme emergencies.

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Response to Glassunion (Reply #25)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:17 PM

27. Oh! You are a geek lord, my friend.

I bow to your geekyness.


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Response to longship (Reply #27)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:40 PM

33. Would you believe that another DRer and I were having the exact same

conversation a few days ago?

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Response to Glassunion (Reply #33)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:42 PM

34. Not surprised. ;-) nt

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Response to Glassunion (Reply #25)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 08:12 PM

42. I think you're getting ahead of yourself........

Serova didn't sacrifice herself to prove the damage caused by warp engines until many Stardates later. There were many Generations between. Capt. Sulu was probably dead of old age by then.





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Response to Capt.Rocky300 (Reply #42)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 09:52 PM

43. Doesn't negate the fact that warp engines damage space time.

Won't anybody think of the children!!??!?!

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Response to Glassunion (Reply #43)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:35 PM

44. OMG.... maybe that's what they thought Ahmed's clock would do!!!

Oh wait a minute. The ilk wouldn't even Spock-grok the concept.

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Response to Glassunion (Reply #43)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:51 PM

45. Gee. I didn't think

of any of this at all. I just watched.

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Response to Capt.Rocky300 (Reply #42)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:58 PM

46. Wait - once there is a rip in space-time, neither space nor time hold true

So damages caused far in Sulu's future could have ripples back to his time.

Just think of how far and wide through the Tardis universe the tear in space time in Amy Pond's house affected things! http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Time_field

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:01 AM

4. Mr. Takei consistently has the most insightful postings on Facebook

I read everything he says - some for laughs, some for tears.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:03 AM

5. Gaman!

Thank you, GT!

Thank you, DinahMoeHum!

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Response to Octafish (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:23 PM

29. I always love learning new Japanese

words, and now I have another to cherish, coming from Takei-sama. Arigatou!! Gaman! I am going to keep that posted near me at all times!

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:08 AM

6. George Takei... A truly special person...eom

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:09 AM

7. George Takei is correct.

There are some bad people in America but we have really good people too .

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:14 AM

8. Sulu always went in the right direction

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:22 AM

9. Unfortunately, too many Americans can relate

To being profiled and detained, or even worse, by government officials.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:26 AM

10. Captain Sulu would sponsor Ahmed's admission to Star Fleet Academy

Ex astra, scientia

Rock on, Mr Takei and oh yeah, LLAP.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:34 AM

11. This is a great letter by Mr. Sulu

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:39 AM

12. Awesome!

 

Thank you, George

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:51 AM

13. George Takai prove once again how awesome he is! (nt)

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:52 AM

14. kick'd and rec'd

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:59 AM

15. K/R

Good morning, DU

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 11:01 AM

16. What a wonderful person is George.

 

A voice of reason and compassion that is so important to us.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 11:12 AM

17. Kirk can eat a bucket of busted assholes

I'll serve on Captain Sulus boat.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 11:14 AM

18. Ahmed does indeed have a bright future ahead of him.

He'll have his pick of universities to attend and the city of Irving and MacArthur High School will pay his tuition.

Blatant discrimination, holding a minor without parents being notified and interrogating said minor without parents of legal guardian present is serious stuff. Irving PD and IISD hasn't heard the last of Ahmed.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 11:15 AM

19. I am so glad I didn't run him over

several decades ago. (He was jogging in LA, and started to cross the street without looking just as I was driving by).

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 11:23 AM

20. That is warp factor awesome, Mr. Sulu

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 11:51 AM

21. Thank you George!

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:02 PM

22. This is a wonderful statement of support.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:16 PM

26. Bravo George!

Well done!

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:18 PM

28. nasa shirt....yah i bet he knows mr sulu or soon will

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:27 PM

30. Great sentiment and all

when you were arrested at your school simply because you brought in a clock for your teacher


but that's not why it became an issue. The overreaction from the police and school are now the story, and rightfully so, because it's all ridiculous, but the initial part of it isn't simply because he brought in a clock for his teacher. Or that he made the clock at home. Or that he's smart. I'm sure being a Muslim played a part in things eventually happening the way they did, but he brought something to school unannounced, for no official reason, and it started making a noise, when it was concealed in some fashion.

It was all an honest mistake on Mohamed's part, or not even a mistake at all, but to say that it's simply because it's a clock, or he's smart, or whatever, is glossing over a fairly decent size of the story.

It's obviously a clock, now. Anyone looking at it clearly knows that, now. Show that same picture of the clock a week ago, with no context to shape your perception, and my guess is that not everyone is going to be as smart as they are right now.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:29 PM

31. Another insightful piece from Takei.



I highly recommend "To Be Takei" to anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:38 PM

32. Back when I was in tech school ...

 

... our first semester lab project was to build an AM radio. We pasted a schematic to a wooden board, placed each component over its schematic symbol, and soldered the parts together as indicated. This was in the late 1970s, and I took NYC trains to school. Also I'm blond-haired and blue-eyed, so I pass for white, even though I'm Jewish. (The REAL haters will always find SOMETHING to hate, don't'cha know?)

Even so, I do not think I could carry that project back and forth to school on ANY city's subway system today. Even back then, if I gave someone the fish-eye, and fiddled a knob while carrying that item, they'd usually change cars, even if that meant surrendering their seat to me. Never got arrested for it, though - never even had a transit cop talk to me about it.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:44 PM

35. George Rocks

His words brought tears to my eyes.

I have met and read about many people who were imprisoned in these camps. It was a smear in our history.

I fear though sometimes that today's current xenophobic Republican Party would carry out this type of atrocity if they gained control of the three branches and it wouldn't be just Muslims but anybody speaking out against them. That said, we all must ensure that we vote and make sure they are never get the chance and they are marginalized like Barry Goldwater was in 1964.

Ironic Barry looks like a moderate now.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 12:45 PM

36. I hope he gets invited to the White House with Ahmed. This man is class incarnate.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 02:33 PM

37. George Takei is all sorts of wonderful. n/t

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 05:34 PM

38. Like Mr. Takei,

young Ahmed Mohamed has a resilience that will carry him far.

Score a big one for the geeks.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 05:59 PM

39. George Takei is one of

 

the ten coolest people on the planet. Maybe even 20% cooler.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 06:07 PM

40. True dignity, Mr Takei is.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 06:07 PM

41. love george more every day.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 06:24 AM

47. I'd bet dollars to donuts Ahmed knows who Takei is

I can imagine someone who is fascinated by science having never watched Star Trek.

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