Society and Culture
Why are People Wearing Safety Pins on their Shirts?
People all over the country are seeking new ways to express that they don’t like Donald Trump’s sexist or racist views. And we’re getting some inspiration from the UK–after the Brexit vote in June, a Twitter user with the handle @cheeahs came up with the idea that wearing a simple safety pin could be a way of showing solidarity with minorities in Britain. She wrote that she wanted “anyone against the sort of nationalistic, racist violence we’ve been seeing” to be able to identify themselves as a “safe ally.”
The idea being that anyone against the sort of nationalistic, racist violence we’ve been seeing could identify themselves as a “safe” ally.
— miss pommery 1926 (@cheeahs) June 26, 2016
Both the Brexit vote and the American election have been characterized by rising tensions and division between groups of people, with an emphasis on immigrants or people of color. Now Americans are donning the safety pin too.
— Sarah Lill (@SarahLill9) November 11, 2016
— Jamie Tworkowski (@jamietworkowski) November 11, 2016
The pin symbolizes that the person wearing it is in solidarity with minority groups—LGBTQ, ethnic minorities, different religions, women—basically anyone who feels threatened and scared after Trump’s election.
Sir Patrick Stewart did it.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) November 11, 2016
It is important to remember that the safety pin doesn’t symbolize being “anti-Trump voters.” It’s simply a symbol of compassion and love for all people, and shows that the wearer is dissociating from hatred and discrimination. Even Trump supporters can wear them if they oppose the violence and racism that some people express.
— Lara Arikan (@lararikan) November 11, 2016
@lararikan what about me? A trump voter. CA is a harsh place if you are a trump voter. Could easily get beaten up here.
— Current (@currentofficer) November 11, 2016
Now get out and get yourself a safety pin!