A Muslim woman is rotating the hostility of Internet trolls into a “force for good” — one hate-filled tweet at a time.
Dr. Susan Carland, an Australian academic and well-known figure in the two countries Muslim community, said shes become all too accustomed to the “stream of toxicity” that spate her Twitter feed on a daily basis. As “an unapologetic Muslim woman, you get a lot of hate, ” she explained.
“I regularly get tweets and Facebook words from the intrepid freedom-fighters behind determinedly anonymous accountings “re saying that”, as a Muslim woman, I adore abuse, assassination, crusade and sexism, ” Carland wrote in an op-ed for the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday. “Their online abuse strays from requests to leave Australia, hope for my demise, offenses about my impression( with a special focus on my hijab ), accusations that I am a stealth jihadist, and that I am planning to take over the person, one halal meat pie at a time.”
Carland tried myriad ways to deal with these trolls. She attempted to engage with them, block them or simply dismiss them. But as a adherent of Islam, these methods precisely havent felt right, she said.
“None of them felt like I was personifying the Koranic injunction of driving off darkness with light-headed, ” she wrote in the op-ed. “I detected I should be actively producing good in the world for every ugly oral bullet transmitted my way.”
That’s when Carland came up with a unique design: For every hate-filled tweet she received, she would donate one Australian dollar to UNICEF.
Carland, who teaches at Melbournes Monash University and is married to talk-show multitude Waleed Aly, said she chose to give to UNICEF for a particular reason.
“I especially liked the notion of demonstrating to UNICEF, as so often they were facilitating juveniles who were in horrific situations that were the direct outcome of loathe — war, poverty due to desire, sin, brutality. These juveniles seemed like the natural recipients for the antidote to hate, ” she said.
This week, both the American and Australian sections of UNICEF took to Twitter to thank her.
Carland, who in 2009 was identified one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center, has also been deluged with batch of positive feedback on social media this week.
Carland said shes been “overwhelmed” by the outpouring of support.
However, she told the Morning Herald, that the trolls have not been stillness. In knowledge, some have even criticized her pick of charity.
Some haters precisely “can’t help themselves, ” she quipped on Twitter.
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