A video that was posted recently on YouTube is going viral, and for all the right reasons. It shows two women defending a Muslim couple from a Puerto Rican woman who was being verbally abusive towards them.
The video was taken on a subway in New York City, where it starts off with the Latina woman saying to the Muslim couple, "Why are you here? Why are you in this country?"
She then goes on to ask, "Why are you in this country if you're not with us?"
A voice offscreen asks, "Who's us?" at which point she refers to everyone on the train, even though they don't have her back (as in support her).
The voice offscreen says once again, "Nobody on this train is with you."
After this, a woman beside her, who clearly seems uncomfortable, asks, "Would you mind stopping this conversation? We don't wanna listen anymore."
To which the woman says, "No, you don't understand," to the woman, then back to the couple,"You're not even from here."
At this point, a woman who identifies as half-Chinese half-Peruvian, walks up to the lady to stand up for the Muslim couple.
She simply asks, "Are you from here?" To which the woman yells, "I am!"
The Chinese-Latina asks where she's from to which she replies that she's Puerto Rican and was born in America.
The woman defending proceeds to talk to the woman in Spanish, and then she switches to English. At this point she says:
I'm not telling you to be quiet, I'm asking you to please respect her. In Spanish, in English, in Chinese, in French, whatever language you want me to tell you, I will say it to you. Whether you're born from here, Puerto Rico, wherever you're born from. Because I am born here, and I don't like the way you're treating her.
We're here in it together. We're all in this together. Whether we like what's going on in the government or not, you gotta deal with it. You're a grown woman. You suck it up and you defend your brothers and sisters.
The Puerto Rican woman then asks the girl to relax in Spanish, to which the girl responds:
"I'll relax once you stop disrespecting a poor, innocent person."
She then asks the verbal attacker why the two Muslims are bothering her, she flat out asks her if it's because the man looks Indian-Muslim to which the woman replies, "Yes."
The girl stops replying at this point.
With the rise of Islamophobia in the U.S. under President Donald Trump, this is no doubt a common occurrence, what with his new Muslim-ban.
2016 was a "banner year for hate", a recent study by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), confirmed - and a lot of the hate was directed at Muslims.
Last year, the FBI revealed that reported hate crimes against Muslims shot up by 67 percent between 2014 and 2015, reaching the highest level since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S.
Here's hoping more people stand up to hatred and bigotry the world over, because it's heroes like these that remind us that we're all in it together.