This Viral Subway Photo Becomes Even More Powerful When You Know Who Took It

"This is my America."

A social media post going viral this week depicts religious harmony in a nutshell — or rather, a subway car.

New Yorker Jackie Summers gave up his seat on the subway so that a Hasidic Jewish couple could sit together. The couple then moved over to make room for a Muslim woman and her baby. Summers snapped a photo of the passengers and shared it on both Facebook and Twitter.

The photo becomes even more powerful when you learn that Summers is a Taoist, and the photo was taken on Easter Sunday. That's four belief systems happily coexisting, in front of the camera, behind it, and all around.

"This is my America: people letting people be people," Summers wrote of the photo.


The photo has currently been shared more than 68,000 times on Facebook alone, with many celebrating its inclusive message at a time when discrimination and disharmony, especially as it relates to religious difference, seems to dominate the news cycle.

Many called it the best thing they'd seen all day. One commenter thanked Summers for restoring her faith in humanity, writing, "THIS, is what makes America great and these days I've been struggling to find ways to feel good about America."

Summers, who is the grandchild of immigrants, told The Huffington Post, "Given the age of divisiveness we live in, it seems people are looking at this photo as a reason to put issues like race, religion, and sex aside to focus on more important issues relevant to peaceful coexistence."

It may seem small, but images and stories like this one can be incredibly meaningful.


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