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Australians Reveal Themselves To Be A Class Act, Even In The Face Of Tragedy. #illridewithyou

It's not every day that Twitter gives me faith in humanity. Today is that day.

Sometimes, you feel like hiding who you are.

As the news of the Dec. 15, 2014, hostage situation in Sydney was breaking, along with the possibility that the suspect was a Muslim extremist, a woman saw another woman on the train remove her head scarf.


These women had nothing to do with the hostage situation, but anti-Muslim sentiment can be so strong that any time something like this happens, it can be dangerous to wear a hijab in public for fear of harassment.

This story was retweeted and suddenly became the fastest-growing hashtag on Twitter.

People started posting details about their commutes and inviting any Muslims who felt unsafe traveling in the area to get in touch.

There's safety in numbers.


People expressed solidarity for their Muslim neighbors, racking up a thousand tweets per minute with the #illridewithyou hashtag.

In the midst of a crisis, it gave people hope.


It also moved them from clicktivism to activism.

Sometimes, when a tragedy strikes, you don't know what to say. #illridewithyou gave Aussies a response. They could stand up for people who might be scared to go out on their own.


It made a difference to at least some Muslims in the community.

I hope Australians are proud of themselves for responding to terrible events in a productive and compassionate way.

It's not a new idea. I loved this post with an image from the 1940s, another era of religiously motivated division.


Make sure your neighbors know #illridewithyou.

Here's a video with more information on the events:


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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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