Susan Carland is an iconic Australian woman and academic whose conversion to Islam swept her country by storm. That, mixed with the fact that she’s married to Australian talk-show host Waleed Aly, has made her a notable figure.
The two are known as Australia’s Muslim “power couple.” But despite their success and loyal fans, the pair often face a plethora of haters, and everyone’s got something to say.
Susan decided that the best way to respond was by turning all of the vicious messages she receives into something good. In October she announced that for every hateful tweet she gets, she’ll donate $1 to UNICEF.
UNICEF is the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, which provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.
Susan said that the kinds of messages she gets from online trolls range from criticizing her hijab to death threats. Men have found ways to be super creepy and make degrading statements about her body and hair. Someone even accused her of “planning to take over the nation, one halal meat pie at a time.”
Susan said she tried everything from blocking, muting, engaging and ignoring haters, but she felt like she should be “actively generating good in the world for every ugly verbal bullet,” that gets sent her way. Her idea is an effort to “drive darkness away with light,” and in less than a month, she raised over $1,000.
There’s no news of whether or not haters backed off, but Susan has gotten an incredible amount of support:
“Good and evil are not equal. Repel evil with what is better.”