Amaira Hasan, whose Facebook page intro simply says, “Lover. Fighter. And a New Yorker forever,” posted an encounter that she witnessed on the New York Subway between a vile bigot and two Hijabi Muslim women.
After the tragic terrorist massacre this past weekend, such encounters could understandably be expected to be tense — but this one ends in a manner that is a literal “restore your faith in humanity,” moment. There have been many, actually, since this tragedy. Like the man who escaped Pulse unharmed and instead of running stopped to save a life. People are rallying, American’s are calling for an end to hate and bigotry, and they won’t take “no” for an answer.
The post describing the incident, in which the famously diverse New Yorkers refused to allow bigotry to go unchallenged, was also reportedly shared by Huffpo Religion. It also made the poster late for work.
Yeah, she was late for work but, as she said, it was for a very good reason. And we are all glad she took the time to share it!
Here is the full description of the united reaction, that some may not expect, to a situation precipitated by a hateful man:.
Just now, on my way to work, a man got on my train yelling as he came onto an incredibly packed train for the “two terrorist foreigners to go back to where they came from.” These two “terrorist foreigners” were two (understandably terrified) hijabi Muslim women. Before I could say anything, the entire train erupted in anger. 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. The man insisted that the two women go back home and take their bombs with them.
After some back and forth, one man said, “This is New York City. The most diverse place in the world. And in New York, we protect our own and we don’t give a fuck what anyone looks like or who they love, or any of those things. It’s time for you to leave these women alone, Sir.”
I couldn’t have said it better. Sure enough, our train was stopped. This royal douche was escorted off the train to the sound of cheering.
I say all this to say that in light of all the bad happening around us, remember that there’s so much good and so much love.
I’m late to work, but it was for the best reason.
Featured image via Facebook, altered