These New Yorkers Worked Together to Remove Swastika Vandalism from the Subway

Love wins. ❤️️

On Saturday night, a group of strangers boarded the 1 train in New York City to find it covered in Swastikas and other anti-Semitic vandalism, New York Magazine reports. One rider, Gregory Locke, took note of the scene and the mood on the train—uncomfortable silence, as you might expect. Then, something amazing happened.

"One guy got up and said, 'Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.' He found some tissues and got to work," Locke wrote in a Facebook post along with pictures of the vandalism and cleanup effort. "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."

The story went viral and has already been shared more than 290,000 times in less than 24 hours. Even Chelsea Clinton was moved to share a screenshot.

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"'I guess this is Trump's America,' said one passenger," Locke wrote. "No sir, it's not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it."

(H/T NYMag)

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