A hostage crisis in Sydney prompted a surprising show of humanity today as a story about compassion on public transport went viral. After the hostage-taker displayed an Islamic flag, Australian Muslims feared harassment or violence in response. But this story inspired Australians to offer to ride or walk with Muslims who felt unsafe wearing religious clothing in public:
The hashtag #IllRideWithYou began trending as Australians showed solidarity with Muslims who feared being the victims of hate crimes. Some put signs on baggage or wore scarves around their wrists to indicate their willingness to ride with those who felt afraid. More than 90,000 tweets have used the hashtag. We loved this story of responding to terrorism with kindness.