Writing for the Huffington Post, Nina Golgowski explains how one man’s determination to clean a swastika from a New York train with hand sanitizer inspired the train riders to work together – erasing the message of hate.
Symbols of hate transformed into a moment of love and community for New York City subway riders when they banded together to remove swastikas and other anti-Semitic markings from a train’s walls.
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’s actions sparked a ripple effect among the other riders who Locke said got up to help wipe away the graffiti.