This is New York. You probably don't need someone to tell you that twice. Or even once. New York, of course, is famous for being the city that never sleeps, skyscraper skylines, food from all four corners of the world and that classic New Yorker attitude.
It was that famous New York attitude that came to the forefront when people confronted a man verbally abusing two Muslim women on an F train heading to Manhattan. The incident occurred a day after the deadly shooting in Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Amaira Hasan, above, described the incident as she watched it unfold.
The unidentified man was pushing a child in a stroller when he boarded the train and spotted the two Hijabi women. Hasan wrote in her Facebook post that the man immediately began to yell and tell them to "go back where they came from."
"The train erupted into anger," said Hasan of the people that came to the two women's defense. A group of incredibly diverse strangers came to their aid, including a "black man, a Romanian, a gay man, a bunch of Asians, and a score of others."
One man in particular had some choice words for the other main who was yelling obscenities at the women."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 f*** what anyone looks like or who they love, or any of those things. It's time for you to leave these women alone."
The man exited the train at the next stop, and passengers collectively cheered. "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," Hasan wrote.
Hasan explained that she too experienced racism when she wore a headscarf a few years ago. She felt overwhelmed by the positive support that the story received, and her heart was warmed with hope for a more tolerant future.
New York City is one of the most diversecities in the world that attracts millions of visitors each year. As more and more people visit the city, diversity continues to grow. "In troubling times, people are scared," Hasan said. "But it's nice to see that [at the] end of the day, people are looking out for one another, and I think that's what's important."