Even as the racist hatred movement ushered in by Donald Trump continues to leave ugly traces across America, a far greater number of Americans have become more determined than ever to push back against all forms of racism and intolerance. When one anonymous coward defaced a New York City subway car with Nazi Swastikas, the riders came together to immediately erase any trace of the offensive graffiti.
The story, posted to Facebook on Saturday night by a New Yorker named Gregory Locke, goes like this:
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.
Locke also posted a series of photos documenting his story, with this one being the most striking:
As has been repeatedly demonstrated over the past weeks, the number of racist and xenophobic Americans celebrating Donald Trump’s “victory” has been far outpaced by the number of real Americans who are having absolutely none of it – and are willing to push back more boldly by the day.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report