But in a remarkable show of solidarity, thousands of people around the country pushed back against such bigotry and vowed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Muslims in their own communities.
The hashtag was motivated by Australians, who tweeted #IllRideWithYou to offer to accompany Muslims on public transportation who were afraid of retaliation after a Muslim gunman held people hostage in a Sydney cafe in 2014.
Here are some of the sentiments shared with the #IllWalkWithYou tweets:
And this tweet summed up what the hashtag really meant to the Muslims on the receiving end of it:
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