Earlier today, actor and activist George Takei penned a heartfelt letter to Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Muslim student who was arrested and detained after bringing a homemade clock to his Texas high school — and what the 78-year-old had to say will move you to tears.
The lengthy letter, posted to Facebook, begins with a brief overview of the controversy surrounding Mohamed and his arrest by the Irving Police Department. Then, it takes a more personal turn.
Takei recalls his own experience dealing with racial profiling and discrimination at the hands of the American government: As a child during WWII, he and his family were forcibly evacuated from their home and sent to internment camps.
He urges Mohamed to “keep on keeping on, with dignity and fortitude,” and promises things will get better. The actor signs off his letter with a prediction that Mohamed has "great things ahead" of him, and says the teen is now forever a part of American history.
In sharing his similar past, Takei became an ally for Mohamed and for the millions of others like him, who are unfairly discriminated against on a daily basis -- and that is a truly beautiful thing.