New York subway passengers come together to clean swastika graffiti

Passengers on a subway in New York were shocked to see swastika graffiti all over their train

  • Gregory Locke uploaded four pictures to his Facebook Saturday night showing swastika graffiti all over the inside of a subway

  • Passengers on the subway decided to take it upon themselves to clean the graffiti

  • Locke’s post has been shared over 80,000 times since he uploaded the pictures

Passengers of a New York subway were shocked to see the train they were on had swastikas drawn on all of the windows and advertisements on their inside their train.

Gregory Locke uploaded pictures to his Facebook account on Saturday night of some of the graffiti. One of the pictures shows a map that had “Jews belong in the oven,” with a swastika underneath in what appears to be sharpie marker.

New York subway passengers come together to clean swastika graffiti

In his post Locke describes what was happening on the train, saying the “train was silent as everyone stared at each other,” and described the people as being “uncomfortable and unsure what to do.”

What happened next though quickly broke the awkward silence on the subway. Locke claimed one man said, “Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.” The man then found some tissue and began cleaning.

New York subway passengers come together to clean swastika graffiti wiping

New York subway passengers come together to clean swastika graffiti cleaning

New York subway passengers come together to clean swastika graffiti clean

Locke said he had never seen so many people start looking for “tissues and Purel” at the same time. Passengers decided to work together and the swastikas were said to be cleaned in a matter of minutes.

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.

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 passengers on that New York subway were able to show the rest of us how quickly we can wipe away hate by coming together as one people. Instead of ignoring the problem, a group of regular citizens took it upon themselves to fix the problem. Which just goes to show, not all heroes wear capes.

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