This Is Why People Everywhere Are Wearing Safety Pins

This Is Why People Everywhere Are Wearing Safety Pins

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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.

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.

A photo posted by Heidi 📚 (@b00kn00k) on

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.”

The hashtag #SafetyPin has been trending on Twitter as people have shared selfies of themselves sporting a safety pin.