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Are you wearing your safety pin?

on November 16, 2016

Are you wearing your safety-pin?  What do you mean, “What safety-pin?” I can’t believe you don’t know about this.  Although the idea was stolen borrowed from the Brits, wearing a safety-pin  has become the latest “yellow ribbon” political statement.  But instead of standing for veterans, wearing a pin shows the world that you stand for the vulnerable.

After the election of Donald J. Trump, fears are growing that segments of his base may physically or emotionally abuse minorities, immigrants, women and members of the L.G.B.T. community. As a show of support, groups of people across America are attaching safety pins to their lapels, shirts and dresses to signify that they are linked, willing to stand up for the vulnerable.

“It’s a matter of showing people who get it that I will always be a resource and an ally to anyone and everyone who wants to reach out,” said Kaye Kagaoan, 24, a graphic designer from the Philippines who lives in Brooklyn. “When I saw it on Facebook, it was so simple. It resonated with me.”

On Friday, the actor Patrick Stewart posted a photo of himself to Twitter wearing a pin on his jacket, and the photographer Cass Bird shared an Instagram post about why she’s wearing one that started with “If you wear a hijab, I’ll sit with you on the train” and ended with: “If you need me, I’ll be with you. All I ask is that you be with me, too.” Between the two statements, sentences began with “If you’re a person of color … ” and “If you’re a refugee … ” and offered various forms of support. The actress Jaime King posted the same words to her Instagram account.

In wearing the safety pin, participants are taking a page from protesters of the Brexit referendum results. After British citizens voted to leave the European Union in June, the nation experienced a 57 percent rise in reported xenophobic incidents. An American woman living in Britain tweeted a suggestion that people wear safety pins to show support to those experiencing abuse. Two days later, #safetypin was trending on Twitter.

I’ve already received a few comments on my pin while out in public.  And Mommy Bear went so far as to put a “safety-pin” bumper sticker on her car.  I don’t know if I’d be that brave, since everybody carries a gun down here in Texas, but, since I don’t have a car, I’m doing the next best thing.  How about you?

 

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2 responses to “Are you wearing your safety pin?

  1. Zorba says:

    Wonderful idea!

  2. Mary says:

    Looking good there my little man. I am proud of you !! We’ll keep spreading the word and wearing our pins.
    Mommy Bear

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