"Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017."
That's what Greogry Locke, a New York attorney from Atlanta, Georgia, said after getting on the 1 train at 50th street, heading uptown.
Scrawled on all the window advertisements of the car were swastikas and anti-Semitic comments like: "Jews belong in the oven," "Heil Hitler," and "Destroy Isam."
Locke said that, "The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do."
Locke told CNN that someone stood up and said, "Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie pen. We need alcohol."
What followed next is a shining example of a city that's intolerant of hatred. Fellow straphangers in the car reclaimed their city by uniting forces and scrubbing off all the vile stains within minutes.
Locke posted about the incident on Facebook and said, "Everyone started digging into their pockets and bags for hand sanitizer and wipes. It was very uplifting to see everyone come together like that."
Governor Cuomo lauded the efforts of the commuters.
In reference to another incident where a swastika sign was drawn on the B train, it was later converted into a peace sign by another passenger. Cuomo said in a statement:
This is what New Yorkers do — we turn hate into love. That is our message to the nation and to the world. And we won’t back down. Not now, not ever.
Cuomo's administration is launching a Hate Crimes Task Force to crack down on incidences revolving around discrimination, and its members will consist of state police, as well as state Division of Human Rights.
Locke's post since Sunday has been shared by more than 250,000 times. Even Chelsea Clinton shared a screenshot of the post and encouraged her followers to join in the crusade by sanitizing the city of reprehensible markings.
The New York Police department is calling this a "bias-motivated incident," and no suspects have been identified as of Sunday.
When a fellow passenger remarked on the train that this must be "Trump's America," Locke did not subscribe to his point of view. He finished out his Facebook post with his response:
Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it.