Our hate left at the door

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Matthew McIn­er­ney Re­porter matthew.mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au

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.

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