Australian woman Rachael Jacobs, the inspiration of the #Illridewithyou campaign has been commended internationally for leading the way in uniting people and cultures in Australia following the tragic Lindt Chocolate Café siege.
The social media campaign went viral after Jacobs tweeted she had been sitting next to a Muslim woman who removed her hijab. She went on to tweet “I ran after her at the train station. I said ‘put it back on, I’ll walk with u.”
Following her actions the #Illridewithyou campaign took off and those involved aim to stand united and support the Muslim community .
Māori Party co-leader, Marama Fox, has joined the huge number of people admiring Rachael Jacobs for her efforts and released a statement congratulating her for setting the example everyone needed to follow..
She says, “As New Zealanders have reflected on the horrific ordeal that took place in a Sydney café yesterday, many of us have struggled to make sense of the brutal standoff that left three people dead. The hashtag campaign encourages us all to look past the actions of the gunman and stand up for unity rather than to become agents of anger and prejudice.”
The actions of the gunman Man Haron Monis who died along with two of his hostages after police stormed the café following has sent shockwaves through the nation and triggered concern among Muslin communities in Australia and New Zealand of serious backlash against their communities as a result of his actions.
Marama Fox goes on to say, “I’ll ride with you is a statement of cultural competency; an affirmation of kotahitanga – the drive to come together as one. It has been so powerful to see the hashtag campaign trending globally on Twitter, mobilising the might of many to believe in the power of good rather than collapsing in the shadow of fear. Māori Party is proud to join the world in declaring, #illridewithyou any day.”
Marama Fox spoke with Te Kāea today.