"Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear."
Those words may belong to a Canadian, but it was Australians who lived them on Monday.
Amid a hostage crisis in Sydney, people offered to ride transit with muslim Australians who wear religious clothing in a mass rejection of racism and bigotry.
It all started with one person and the hashtag #illridewithyou
If you reg take the #373 bus b/w Coogee/MartinPl, wear religious attire, & don’t feel safe alone: I’ll ride with you. @ me for schedule.— Sir Tessa (@sirtessa) December 15, 2014
Maybe start a hashtag? What’s in #illridewithyou?— Sir Tessa (@sirtessa) December 15, 2014
Others quickly took up the call
— Mia Lazzarini (@mialazzarini) December 15, 2014
And made people feel both safe and proud
The #illridewithyou hashtag makes me so proud to be Australian. Thanks for the support everyone. ;)— Mifrah Mahroof (@MifrahMahroof) December 15, 2014
I was going to drive to work tomorrow but seeing the outpouring of support changed my mind. #illridewithyou Thank you. See you on the train!— Ozge Sevindik (@OzgeSevindik) December 15, 2014
This is my Australia. Being a Muslim this hashtag is the best thing happened today. I Love You Australia. #illridewithyou— Arif (@Atozai) December 15, 2014
The campaign has gone totally viral
Just one more example of how much Canada and Australia share
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