Unfortunately one of the seemingly inevitable results of the ongoing situation at Martin Place that has dominated the news cycle all today is the racially-motived, Islamophobic backlash that’s flooded certain pockets of social media – not helped in the slightest by deliberately inflammatory media outlets acting like irresponsible dicks.

Fortunately in times of great angst, the goodness of people tends to shine through a lot brighter than the howls of feral wolves blindly baying for blood.

Twitter – being the great rolling snowball of sentiment that it is – became awash late this afternoon and into the evening with the hashtag #IllRideWithYou, in which people from Sydney, and around the country, publicly reached out to members of the Muslim community and offered to accompany them home tonight or to work tomorrow if they felt suddenly intimidated in making that journey.

It’s a sweet, simple, touching gesture that proves beyond all doubt that people’s sense of community remains as bonded as ever, despite all of this.

Well done, everyone. This is a nice way to take back what’s been a shitty day.

Get on board and offer your own support if you can, by Tweeting through with the hashtag.


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