Mus­lim woman do­nates $1 for ev­ery hate Tweet

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

SYDNEY: An Aus­tralian Mus­lim woman has do­nated close to Aus$1,000 (US$700) to char­ity af­ter pledg­ing to give one dol­lar ev­ery time she re­ceives a hate-filled Tweet. Susan Car­land, who teaches at Monash Univer­sity in Mel­bourne, tweeted on Oc­to­ber 22 that she was do­nat­ing to UNICEF for ev­ery nasty com­ment from trolls. “Nearly at $1,000 in do­na­tions. The needy chil­dren thank you, haters!,” she said at the time. Car­land said she had pre­vi­ously been block­ing, mut­ing, ig­nor­ing or oc­ca­sion­ally en­gag­ing with trolls but de­cided some months ago to turn it around based on the Qu­ran’s 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 wrote in a col­umn for Fair­fax Me­dia on Fri­day. Car­land said any Mus­lim seemed to at­tract a lot of hate on­line, and abuse di­rected at her ranged from wish­ing her dead, to in­sults about her dress sense and ac­cu­sa­tions that she was a “stealth ji­hadist”. But she said making the do­na­tions meant she now barely bat­ted an eye­lid when a “ghastly tweet” was served up to her. “It rep­re­sents noth­ing more than a chalk-mark on my men­tal tally for the next in­stall­ment to UNICEF,” she wrote. —AFP

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