Australians Start #IllRideWithYou To Support Muslims After Sydney Hostage Situation
After Monday's hostage situation in downtown Sydney, Australia, where an armed gunman placed an Islamic flag in the window of the cafe he stormed, Australians have come together to show solidarity and compassion for Muslim countrymen and women with the Twitter hashtag #IllRideWithYou (I'll ride with you).
Muslims were understandably nervous about the type of reaction they might get from non-Muslim counterparts in the Land Down-Under immediately after the incident, but an outcrying of support has taken Twitter and the Internet by storm just a day later.
In the story originally posted by on Mic.com, TV reporter Michael James posted this tweet that almost instantly sparked a social media movement:
A few moments later, a Sydney-based writer with the Twitter handle @sirtessa suggested the idea of using the hashtag #IllRideWithYou to let other Australian Muslims know they are supported.
From there, the campaign took on a life of its own with reportedly more than 150,000 tweets using the hashtag in just 12 hours. Here's a few more examples:
And here's a few more Tweets that show people really can make a difference:
The movement shows that the majority of Australians aren't taking the actions of one man and projecting them onto an entire group of people.
Could Americans maybe learn something from our Aussie friends?