Sydney Morning Herald, December 16, 2014:
In a climate of fear and uncertainty, Australians banded together to show their support for the Muslim population. The #illridewithyou hashtag amassed almost 120, 000 tweets on Monday evening, as Australians took a stand against anti-Muslim sentiment in the wake of the Martin Place siege.
A young Brisbane woman, Rachael Jacobs, appears to have inspired the campaign after posting a moving Facebook status about her encounter with a Muslim woman earlier in the day.
“…and the (presumably) Muslim woman sitting next to me on the train silently removes her hijab, ” Ms Jacobs wrote. “I ran after her at the train station. I said ‘put it back on. I’ll walk with u’. She started to cry and hugged me for about a minute – then walked off alone.”
The inspiring status quickly circulated on social media before inspiring the #illridewithyou hashtag.