BY: KASSANDRA DZIKEWICZ
She is a sociologist with a PhD at Monash University, but her intellectual level doesn’t stop people from undermining her based on her religious status. Susan Carland converted to Islam at the age of 19, and at the age of 34 she receives a ton of hate tweets from close-minded anti-Islamic bigots. The online hate comes in many forms. She is insulted based on her appearance and her hijab, accused of being a jihadist planning to take over the world, and even receives death threats. She tried to ignore the hateful messages but did not feel satisfied by avoiding the problem.
She decided the best way to resolve the issue was to take the hateful messages and make something positive of the situation. She came up with the concept of donating $1 to UNICEF every time she received a hateful message. Carland told The Age “I’d tried blocking, muting, engaging and ignoring, but none of them felt like I was embodying the Koranic 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. And so the idea of donating $1 to UNICEF for every hate-filled tweet I received came to me.”