If you’ve ever been to NYC, you’ve likely experienced a crazy thing or two whilst riding the subway. Most New Yorkers themselves are immune to that sort of thing.
When Manhattan-based attorney, Gregory Locke, stepped into his NYC subway car last Saturday, though, his jaw immediately dropped.
Locke and all of the cabin’s passengers stood in profound silence, as each and every advertisement was covered…with swastikas.
On, the twenty-seven-year-oldwrote, “I got on the subway in Manhattan tonight and found a swastika on every advertisement and every window. The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do.”
But, in true New Yorker fashion, these subway riders couldn’t sit still amidst this venom for long.
“One guy got up and said,” Locke continued, “‘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,” Locke wrote.
In two minutes flat, all of the swastikas had vanished.
“‘I guess this is Trump’s America,’ said one passenger. No sir, it’s not,” Locke retorted. “Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it.”
Locke’s Facebook post about his subway experience has since gone viral, shared by over 450K people including Chelsea Clinton who vowed, “We will not let hate win.”
Unfortunately, every response to Locke’sbrave post hasn’t been entirely favorable.
As Locke told Buzzfeed,Ive gotten some hate mail. People are accusing me of staging it to make Trump look bad but 99% of the response is very positive. People keep saying theyre both disheartened and uplifted at the same time.
Its heartening to see strangers come together for whats right.”
People think of New Yorkers as cold and uncaring, but thats not true. We just have a harder shell to crack. We have a strong sense of community and we know diversity isnt a threat to the country.
And this isn’t the only instance of folks attempting to evolve hate into hope.
New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo shared this separate incident,capturing another subway rider’s response to yet another round of hateful graffiti.
Cuomoclaimed, This is what New Yorkers do we turn hate into love. That is our message to the nation and to the world. And we wont back down. Not now, not ever.
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