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.
I support solidarity & intollerance for hate, stand for your right to be who you are, I am an ally
— Nina (@ninasthinking)
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.
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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.”
This is beautiful. Let’s all be safe places for people who are anxious and afraid right now.
— Jamie Tworkowski (@jamietworkowski)
The hashtag #SafetyPin has been trending on Twitter as people have shared selfies of themselves sporting a safety pin.
Wearing a to show those threatened by Tr*mp supporters’ hate and racism that their safety is MY concern.
— Mark Benson (@WaysideWriter)