Aussies stand with Muslims, #illridewithyou for unity in anti-racism

By their own accord Australians have shown support for the Muslim population, using the #illridewithyou hashtag to ensure no anti-Muslim actions. People have taken to social media extending support to the community. This extraordinary show of support underpins unity in an all new light where the message is loud and clear. Australia says no to racism, and no to Islamophobia.

i will ride with you
The tweet which started a global trend.

The independent outpouring of support gained prominence after Rachael Jacobs updated her Facebook page with these messages, “….and the (presumably) Muslim woman sitting next to me on the train silently removes her hijab”. “…I ran after her at the train station. I said ‘put it back on. I’ll walk with you.’ She started to cry and hugged me for about a minute – then walked off alone.”

Michael James took uploaded the monologue onto Twitter, and this was followed up by another user, Sir Tessa, “Maybe start a hashtag? What’s in #illridewithyou?”

As is evident, Rachael Jacobs isn’t active on Twitter, but has sent out tweets today. 1/2 #illridewithyou overwhelmed. Mine was a small gesture because of sadness that someone would ever feel unwelcome because of beliefs

2/2 I’m not the story. Anyone joining #illridewithyou is incredibly inspiring, creating a path to peace for all of us. Thank you @sirtessa

Resultantly hashtags #illwalkwithyou #illflywithyou #illdrivewithyou have also been used with Australians offering to accompany anyone to a destination were they to feel threatened in any way.

Below are some of the most retweeted tweets with the trending hashtag