Woman Donates $1 to UNICEF for Every Hate Tweet She Gets (Celebs Who Read 'Mean Tweets,' Take Note!)

moneyLike Taylor Swift sang, "haters gonna hate" -- but knowing that doesn't necessarily make shaking off the negativity any easier, especially when those hostile tweets are numbering in the hundreds. That's what Muslim Australian academic Dr. Susan Carland was dealing with, until she came up with an ingenious way to turn that hate into a "force for good." 


In an op-ed for the Sydney Morning Herald, Carland wrote about the "stream of toxicity" contaminating her Twitter feed every day:

"I regularly get tweets and Facebook messages from the brave freedom-fighters behind determinedly anonymous accounts telling me that, as a Muslim woman, I love oppression, murder, war and sexism."

"Their online abuse ranges from requests to leave Australia, hope for my death, insults about my appearance (with a special focus on my hijab), accusations that I am a stealth jihadist, and that I am planning to take over the nation, one halal meat pie at a time."

For a while, Carland says she tried ignoring the comments. She also tried commenting back, and blocking them altogether. But ultimately, she felt like these methods fell short. 

"None of them felt like I was embodying the Koranic injunction of driving off darkness with light," she wrote.

"I felt I should be actively generating good in the world for every ugly verbal bullet sent my way." 

So Carland decided that she would donate one Australian dollar to UNICEF for every mean tweet she got -- and donations are already almost up to $1,000 (at last count, anyway!). 

"I particularly liked the idea of giving to UNICEF, as so often they were assisting children who were in horrific situations that were the direct outcome of hate -- war, poverty due to greed, injustice, violence," said Carland.

"These children seemed like the natural recipients for the antidote to hate."

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She's absolutely right, of course, and what a powerful way of sending that message to the ignorant, thoughtless trolls behind those tweets! This is a much more constructive approach to mean comments than just ignoring them. If only more high-profile recipients of mean tweets would follow suit -- just imagine how many charities would benefit! There's enough hate in the world to fund all sorts of good deeds. (Strange to put it that way, but it's true.) 

Bravo, Dr. Carland!


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