Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Nazi Graffiti Got A Swift Reaction From The People Of New York.

If you thought that the Nazi movement was a dark chapter buried by the passage of time, guess again. The threat is still out there, even decades after their apparent collapse in 1945 after World War II, and the eventual demise of Adolf Hitler that same year. But recently, on the subway trains of New York City, passengers were shocked to discover that the Nazi regime was alive and well and in their city when they spotted Nazi symbolism on ads in every window. As you can imagine, the sight of a swastika chilled everyone to the bone. Was this what America had become? Not by a long shot, and here's why.

When 27-year-old Gregory Locke and 30 other passengers got on a NYC subway train, they were greeted with symbols and messages of hate.

Every advertisement posted throughout the subway car had a swastika and a terrifying message filled with hate and prejudice.

Now some people might have chosen to shake their heads and look away, but not Gregory or his fellow passengers.

One guy had actually told his fellow passengers that hand sanitizers like Purel worked great at getting rid of anything written with a Sharpie, the instrument used to bring about a message of hate.

Before long, everyone started lending a helping hand to rid the hateful symbols off of the subway train.

In less than no time, one passenger got up and started wiping off the graffiti with tissues and hand sanitizer.

Gregory had been stunned to see the Nazi symbols on the subway, but he was awestruck by the amount of people willing to help to wipe down the Nazi graffiti.

So Gregory went on Facebook to share his story and he stated, "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."

Gregory's post about the swastikas went viral and he ended up receiving half a million likes, shares, and comments.

It warmed Gregory's heart to see mostly positive comments praising him and his fellow passengers for cleaning racism off the windows and advertisements on the subway.

Gregory's post about the swastikas went viral and he ended up receiving half a million likes, shares, and comments.

Gregory admitted that this isn't the first time he's seen swastikas on the subway, but he had never seen the entire car itself so overwhelmed with hate.

Fortunately, Gregory's action and post proved that hatred and racism has no place in America.

Sadly, not everyone saw Gregory's post as a positive thing, which is what he originally intended it to be.

Among the positive comments, he found that some had accused him of taking an unfavorable stance against the current political regime. But Gregory claims that the post was intended to show the amazing way people can come together to put a stop to hate.

If you've ever needed more proof that New Yorkers have a strong sense of community, then this is it.

Some people may have found the presence of swastikas on board the subway train disheartening, but it can also be very uplifting to see people taking action against hate. Also, as Chelsea Clinton tweeted, "It's another reason to carry hand sanitizer."