This Muslim Woman Donates $1 For Every Hate Tweet She Receives
- JWB Post
- November 17, 2015
Dr. Susan Carland, an Australian academician, knows the real ‘value’ of hate tweets. Whenever she gets one, she donates one Australian dollar to UNICEF.
Belonging to the Muslim community, she describes herself as “an unapologetic Muslim woman, you get a lot of hate.”
Susan wrote op-ed (a newspaper page opposite the editorial page):
“I regularly get tweets and Facebook messages from the brave freedom-fighters behind determinedly anonymous accounts telling me that, as a Muslim woman, I love oppression, murder, war and sexism. Their online abuse ranges from requests to leave Australia, hope for my death, insults about my appearance (with a special focus on my hijab), accusations that I am a stealth jihadist, and that I am planning to take over the nation, one halal meat pie at a time. None of them felt like I was embodying the Koranic injunction of driving off darkness with light. I felt I should be actively generating good in the world for every ugly verbal bullet sent my way.”
She tells about why she chose to give to UNICEF:
“I particularly liked the idea of giving to UNICEF, as so often they were assisting children who were in horrific situations that were the direct outcome of hate — war, poverty due to greed, injustice, violence. These children seemed like the natural recipients for the antidote to hate.”
@SusanCarland Thanks for your support! You’ve turned hate into something wonderful: education, health care and protection for kids.
— UNICEF Australia (@unicefaustralia) November 12, 2015
She was also named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2009. Team JWB salutes you Dr. Carland for all the efforts.