World Bulletin / News Desk
Social media gathered momentum when a subway rider took it upon himself to erase swastikas that were written over a carriage in New York's subway.
Subway rider Gregory Locke had just boarded a train in Manhattan Saturday night when he said he found himself face-to-face with the crudely vandalized windows and advertisements.
“The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “One guy got up and said, ‘Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.’ He found some tissues and got to work.”
The man found a few tissues and then the riders teamed up and “got to work,” Locke said.
“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,” he wrote.
Photos included in the social media post showed one of the passengers wiping off “Jews belong in the oven” with a Swastika under it that was scrawled onto a subway map.
“I’ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and [Purell]. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone,” Locke wrote.
In an interview with ABC 7 News, Locke said the actions of his fellow riders left him encouraged.
“Seeing a bunch of strangers stand up for, and come together to stand up for what everyone knows is right, was very heartening,” he told the local station.
“I guess this is Trump’s America,” Locke overheard one passanger say.
“No sir, it’s not,” he responded in his Facebook post. “Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it.”
Locke’s post as of Sunday morning has been shared more than 300,000 times.