Photo representing America's diversity goes viral

There are millions of people in New York -- and according to NBC it's one of the United States' most diverse cities. It's easy, then, to come across people wildly different from you on the subway.

When Brooklynite Jackie Summers witnessed this happening, he decided to share it on Facebook:

"A Taoist (me) gives up his seat so a Hasidic couple could sit together," he explained. "They scoot over so a Muslim mother could sit and nurse her baby, on Easter Sunday."

Summers also said, "This is my America: people letting people be people."

The simple photo, a familiar sight to many New Yorkers, went viral on Facebook: over 55,000 shares and 71,000 reactions.

Summers spoke to The Independent about the occurrence. "I did not think about giving up my seat for the couple; the couple did not think about moving along to make room for the mother with her child," he said.

He went on, "We live in a time when race, sexuality and religion have become divisive ... but we have more important things to worry about."

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: The very first 2nd Avenue subway train open to the public arrives as a Q train at 57th Street and subway enthusiasts board the front car for the historical ride to 96th Street on January 1, 2017(Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
Subway goers walk on the platform at the celebration for the completion of the Second Avenue Subway with New Year's Eve inaugural ride in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 31, 2016. Picture taken December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Elizabeth Shafiroff
Subway goers walk on the platform at the celebration for the completion of the Second Avenue Subway with New Year's Eve inaugural ride in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 31, 2016. Picture taken December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Elizabeth Shafiroff
The entrance to the elevated subway platform for the 7 train is seen closed in the Queens borough of New York, U.S., March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ride the escalator while entering the 96th Street Station during a preview event for the Second Avenue subway line in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 22, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A man takes a photo of post-election Post-it notes pasted along a tiled walk at Union Square subway station in New York U.S., November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A commuter walks to board a subway train in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S.,October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Pastor Gilford Monrose, a volunteer for the Department of Homeless Services survey count, speaks with a man at the Borough Hall subway station in the Brooklyn borough of New York February 10, 2015. Thousands of volunteers fanned out across New York before dawn on Tuesday to conduct the city's yearly homeless survey, trying to count the people who wander the sidewalks all night, sleep in subways for warmth or slip into the shadows to avoid being seen. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A warning that the 7 subway trains are not running due to weather flashes on a sign at Grand Central Terminal in New York February 2, 2015. A huge winter storm hit the northeastern United States on Monday, the region's second snowy blast in less than a week, after leaving more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in the Chicago area. Up to six inches (15 cm) of snow was forecast for New York City, where the snow and ice caused a crowded subway train to stall on an elevated stretch of track. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT)
People ride a subway train underground in New York November 2, 2014. This year marks the 110th anniversary of the subway system being open to the public. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY TRANSPORT ANNIVERSARY)
A commuter, bundled up for the cold, rides the subway during the morning commute in New York November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRANSPORT)
A participant in the Village Halloween Parade dressed as the Mona Lisa rides the subway after the parade in the Manhattan borough of New York October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (2nd R) and New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton (R) enter the City Hall subway station while on their way to give a news conference in New York September 25, 2014. Bratton said on Thursday that the department boosted police presence on subways and city streets after the Iraqi prime minister's warning of a potential threat to transit systems from Islamist militants. Even so, Bratton and de Blasio sought to reassure New Yorkers that there was no specific, credible threat to the subway system or the city in general. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A policeman pauses on a scooter as he patrols the Times Square subway station while commuters rush past in the Manhattan borough of New York September 25, 2014. Iraq has "credible" intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to attack subway systems in Paris and the United States, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday, but U.S. and French officials said they had no evidence to back up his claims. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)
Commuters leave the Wall Street subway station near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Monday, March 27, 2017. U.S. stocks fell, extending a decline on Friday after President Trump failed to pass his health-care bill, undermining optimism he can enact growth policies that invigorated bulls after the election. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: General view of the Second Avenue subway line after the opening of three new stations to the public by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on January 07, 2017 in New York, United States. (Photo by Vanessa Carvalho/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 3: People stand on the platform at the 96th Street station on the Second Avenue subway line on January 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: A large crowd enters 96 St station of the Q line extension of the new 2nd Avenue Subway of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City, NY, January 1, 2017, along Second Avenue on the East Side of Manhattan during opening day. The completion of phase one of the Second Avenue Subway is New York Citys first major expansion of the subway system in over 50 years. Once completed, the line will have reached its stretch of 8.5 miles through the East Side of Manhattan from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Commuters walk to the train platform at a newly opened station on the Second Avenue subway line in New York, U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The first train departed the 96th Street station at noon after a speech by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: The very first 2nd Avenue subway train open to the public arrives as a Q train at 57th Street and subway enthusiasts board the front car for the historical ride to 96th Street on January 1, 2017(Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21: Crime scene tape is viewed in the trash near where two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers were shot and killed December 21, 2014 in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were killed execution style on December 20 as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner. The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley who allegedly shot ex-girlfriend in Baltimore earlier in the day, was apparently motivated by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. According to police, Brinsley shot himself in the head on the subway platform and was transported to Brooklyn Hospital where he was pronounced dead. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A litter recycling bin on the subway train platform in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, USA.
New York Police Department officers and canine search a garbage bin near a closed Times Square subway station in Midtown, New York January 27, 2014. Police cordoned off the platform for the 1, 2 and 3 trains following reports of a suspicious package, local media reported. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANIMALS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: The very first 2nd Avenue subway train open to the public arrives as a Q train at 57th Street and subway enthusiasts board the front car for the historical ride to 96th Street on January 1, 2017(Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
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