What would you do if you stepped onto an NYC subway car only to find crappily drawn swastikas on just about every window in sight?
Some of us would likely whip out our phones in an instant and capture the madness for our loyal Snapchat and Instagram followers. Some of us would put our headphones on and just tune it out like we do everything else.
But how many of us would actually get up and do something to erase the repulsive, hurtful symbols of hatred? Apparently, quite a few of us!
A group of subway riders took matters into their own hands when they noticed swastikas and racist messages strewn across a subway car in New York City.
If you needed your faith in humanity to be restored, this should do the trick!
A man named Gregory Locke took to Facebook to detail the moment he and other subway riders noticed Nazi graffiti on a subway car.
Locke took to Facebook, writing,
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.
Can you blame them? This isn't normal or usual at all -- especially in a culturally diverse, socially advanced city like NYC.
The 27-year-old Manhattan attorney then went on to talk about how passengers cited "Trump's America" as the cause for this.
Eventually, people got to work, using hand sanitizer and napkins to scrub the hate symbols and messages off of the subway car.
Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017.
Here's Locke's original Facebook post. It's refreshing to know there are still good people out there looking to do the right thing!
I hate to say I'm not surprised. After all, it was just last week when Texas high school students were under fire after gesturing the Nazi salute and chanting "Heil Trump" during senior picture day.
While it is incredibly saddening to see there are cruel people out there looking to make people feel unwanted and unwelcome solely because of their race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and other social constructs, it's far more inspiring when good people get together to silence the hate.
Facebook commenters thanked Gregory Locke and others involved in the erasing of the Nazi graffiti.
In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, Locke revealed,
I've seen a few swastikas here and there, but I've seen those before Trump [became President], too. This is the first time I've seen the whole car covered.
As a result of Locke's viral Facebook post, he says he's received quite a bit of hate mail after his post about erasing the anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic messages. Some people actually think he was the culprit behind the offensive drawings.
I've gotten some hate mail. People are accusing me of staging it to make Trump look bad… but 99 percent of the response is very positive. People keep saying they're both disheartened and uplifted at the same time.
Haters will be haters. Keep doing the right thing, good samaritans. You're an inspiration!