Our hate left at the door
HOW do you react to arguably the biggest threat to national security since the Second World War?
I will never forget the 17-hour siege in Sydney earlier this week.
Everyone has their own story about the siege – where they were, how long they stayed awake, and how they felt about the gunman.
My fear is how do people feel about the gunman’s alleged religion?
The answer shouldn’t matter – we are all flesh and blood, we are all Australian – but we are an extremely racist country and I have doubt in our ability to avoid another Cronulla riots.
But hope hides in the darkest places and in this case its #illridewithyou.
A simple campaign to ensure people aren’t victimised for their beliefs in the wake of this tragedy.
This reaction was both unexpected and powerful, as thousands of people from across the globe joined for a common cause.
Hopefully we can look back as this being the moment we grew out of our prejudices and learned to work and live together.