As Americans mourn the victims of the Orlando terror attack, we face an even greater level of Islamophobia and xenophobia, as one woman witnessed on the New York subway.
On Monday, Amaira Hasan, 25, posted an inspiring message on her Facebook about what she had encountered on the Manhattan-bound F train while on her way to work.
While she was on the train, a white man stepped on pushing a baby in a stroller. He began to shout at two hijabi-wearing women who were seated nearby, calling them “foreign terrorists” and yelling at them “to go back where they came from” and to “take their bombs with them.”
As The Huffington Post reports, the other commuters on the train reacted in the best way possible and united together to get the abusive man to leave the subway.
Hasan wrote in her now-viral post on Facebook, “A black man, a Romanian, a gay man, a bunch of Asians, and a score of others came to their defense demanding that this man leave these women alone and get off this train.” She continued, “Sure enough, our train was stopped. This royal douche got off the train to the sound of cheering.”
While what Hasan initially witnessed was disturbing, the way others on the subway rallied together to challenge hate is inspiring, even if it is just one small instance of love. To hear about how a diverse group of strangers came together to overcome hatred and fear is truly uplifting in this time of national grieving.
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