New Yorkers may be a salty bunch who love to hate on everyone/everything (especially tourists and Times Square). But in times of real duress, we know how to come together. This viral Facebook post about a group of New Yorkers mobilizing to shut down a hate crime is the perfect example.
New Yorker Gregory Locke got on the subway on Saturday night to find a horrifying sight: "a Swastika on every advertisement and every window" accompanied by hate speech like "Jews belong in the oven," he detailed in a Facebook post, which has since gone viral.
"The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do," he wrote. But then, that paralysis turned into action. You can read his account here:
One guy got up and said, "Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol." He found some tissues and got to work.
I've never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.
Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017.
"I guess this is Trump's America," said one passenger. No sir, it's not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it.
The post clearly struck a collective nerve. It has been shared nearly half-a-million times since it was posted Saturday night, and hundreds of people have commented to applaud New Yorkers for coming together and taking action:
NYC may be overcrowded and full of angry, claustrophobic people, but we sure are good at handling ourselves in an emergency. Especially when the solution is hand sanitizer. So watch out, hate and germs!