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What Wearing A Safety Pin Means Now

By Kristy Puchko | Politics | November 11, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Politics | November 11, 2016 |

Right now is a scary time for many of us. Progressives may feel outnumbered and hopeless. But many of us still possess privilege that will keep us relatively safe from Trump nation hate crimes. Millions of our fellow Americans are not so lucky. So how do you tell those in fear that you’re on their side? Put on a safety pin.

There’s a meme going around right now that speaks to being an ally:

It’s powerful. But in case people IRL don’t follow you on Twitter, a safety pin—emphasizing safety—is how you can signal you have their back.

Vox reports the idea began after Brexit. When hate crimes surged in the United Kingdom—as they are in the U.S. right now—allies were in need of a sign of support. And an anonymous Twitter account gave rise to a simple but meaningful symbol.

A safety pin. Something anyone can afford that will show you’re an ally. Stick on a jacket or a bag. It shows that you reject bigotry and violence.

We are down, but not defeated. We are still stronger together. We will still fight for each other’s dignity. Just ask Elizabeth Warren.

Kristy Puchko is working every day to be a better ally. And Trump can’t change that.