You might’ve spotted more and more people online and in the real world wearing safety pins. It isn’t some kind of punk fashion revival — it’s an expression of solidarity.
Following Donald Trump’s election, many minorities expressed feelings of fear and uncertainty about the future. So people found a way to let concerned groups know they are a “safe” person.
— Nina (@ninasthinking) November 11, 2016
While some people are calling the move an “over-reaction”, it can’t be denied that a wave of post-election hate crimes are sweeping the US, confirming that there is widespread hostility toward minorities.
And the humble safety pin came to the rescue.
**PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN THIS TOMORROW!!** I know I haven’t been active in the last couple of days; I’m so very sorry. The election has taken me completely be surprise and I’ll admit I’m having a very rough time with it. Please keep America in your thoughts. Let’s always remember to spread love. â¤ï¸ – – – – – – – – – – – – #booknerd #bibliophile #bookworm #bookaholic #bookstagram #safetypin #hillaryclinton #imwithher #strongertogether #hillyes #bookstagrammer #yalit #shelfie #booksonbooks #booklover
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The idea was inspired by the Brexit vote in the UK earlier this year, and wearing the pin shows anyone feeling scared that you are an ally and a safe space.
“Without a word, people may see your safety pin and know that you’re a friendly face.”
— Jamie Tworkowski (@jamietworkowski) November 11, 2016
The hashtag #SafetyPin has been trending on Twitter as people have shared selfies of themselves sporting a safety pin.
— Mark Benson (@WaysideWriter) November 11, 2016