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The Incredible Reason You Might Start Seeing Safety Pins Everywhere

2:12 pm - 11/13/2016
OP NOTE: Since posting this, my enthusiasm for this "movement" has cooled considerably. If I could turn back the clock, I wouldn't post it, but since it's too late for that, I hereby add the following disclaimer: Due to what I've learned from some of the comments to this post, I no longer feel comfortable advocating the safety pin thing, or even doing it myself. Each person reading this should decide what feels right to them and act accordingly.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, many groups in the U.S., including African Americans, Muslims and women, are feeling scared and uneasy.

Trump, who has said he would ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., made sexist and insulting comments about women and racist comments about people of color in America, is a frightening prospect for many Americans who believe he is unfit for office.

So while protests rage on across the country, one movement is using a simple yet powerful symbol to show their support for anyone who is fearful of what is to come.

By fastening a safety pin to their clothing, people are declaring themselves allies to groups who have been maligned by Trump, to show that they stand in solidarity with anyone who might be afraid.

And as we’ve been dismayed to find out in the days following Trump’s election, it appears that there is reason to fear. People across the country have shared stories on social media of violence and hate speech directed at them in the wake of Trump’s victory. Racist graffiti was spotted around the country and minorities reported experiencing harassment the day after Trump was elected.

These frightening instances illustrate why the #safetypinidea ― which was inspired by a movement following Brexit in the United Kingdom ― is so timely. It’s a tiny gesture, but it speaks volumes, assuring people they are not alone.

And the movement seems to be catching on. Americans are posting photos of themselves on social media, declaring themselves “safe places” and showing support for women, people of color and other marginalized groups.

Check out some of the allies and their powerful messages of hope below.


A photo posted by @shanadanger on

Safety for all. #safetypin #solidarity #lovenothate

A photo posted by @tamaraberg on

#Safetypin I'm an ally... All those exposed to hate and violence, you're not alone...

A photo posted by Fabian Santos (@fabiansantos77) on

I wear my #SafetyPin to show I am a safe place.I will protect those who are treated unfairly bc of gender, race, disability, & indiv beliefs pic.twitter.com/gn2LmcTbi5
— Sarah Lill (@SarahLill9) November 11, 2016

Source: HuffPost

Does this kind of stuff help? I'm damned if I know, but so many people feel so helpless right now that it feels good to do SOMETHING. I'm wearing my #safetypin right now--would post a pic but my phone isn't cooperating at the moment.
moonbladem 14th-Nov-2016 09:33 am (UTC)
This brought tears to my eyes. It's awesome to know that, even though tons of people lost their minds when they voted in this asshole, that there are tons more who aren't like that and will actually step up to help.

It seems the Tangerine Turd told his supporters to "stop it" when it came to them harassing minorities. We'll see how that works. Speaking for myself... I'm not holding out hope they'll stop. Him winning has emboldened them. They think at least half the country shares their racist views and are on their side.
senshicalico 14th-Nov-2016 09:45 am (UTC)
tbh I could be on a bus full of people wearing safety pins (that I can't even see cause my eyesight is so shot so whoop) and I still wouldn't count on a single one of them to stand up for me when some bigot gets on the bus and starts coming for my butch ass

you know, like the last two times it happened.

Besides, hasn't this been coopted by hate groups already?
sugartitty 14th-Nov-2016 11:28 am (UTC)
Yep white nationalist have already co-opted it so don't trust anyone, basically.
mimblexwimble 14th-Nov-2016 01:51 pm (UTC)
There are also a few stories about people wearing pins but not actually being allies, like sitting by while someone is being harassed in front of them.
jeeelim5 14th-Nov-2016 09:50 am (UTC)

Saw this on Tumblr and thought everyone here might like to see it too :)

One of the few silver linings in this election (and oh how few of them there are) is the solidarity people are showing for each other.
ineverycolor 14th-Nov-2016 10:00 am (UTC)

Why do I feel like this a pamphlet that belongs in the Anne Frank museum. I am so sick this week. Thank you so much America. Lol

golden_bastet 14th-Nov-2016 11:44 am (UTC)
Pins are fine (and they help people stay engaged) - but fer gawd's sake, please don't let this be the *only* thing you do.

It will take getting out and getting politically active, in addition to the internet and symbols, to address all this.
moonshaz 14th-Nov-2016 12:34 pm (UTC)

I hope you're not assuming I'm not going to do anything else! I'm already politically active, for one thing. If I had a ton of money, I would glad pour buckets full into the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, NARAL, etc., but my meager financial resources mean that my contributions are meager  well, and I sometimes wonder if it really does any good.

Tbqh, I feel incredibly useless right now, useless and helpless. Also, my sister hates me because I've made no secret of the fact that I think Drumpf is the scum of the earth. Yay, life.

Edited at 2016-11-14 12:40 pm (UTC)
yamamanama 14th-Nov-2016 12:40 pm (UTC)
I'm torn. Pins make it easy to identify each other but they make it easy for them to identify us.
ioplokon 14th-Nov-2016 02:46 pm (UTC)
idk, i think it can be useful if you want a daily ritual to remind you of your commitment not to be a bystander in situations of bigotry & oppression? like, that's something I can legitimately see being effective. But it pretty clearly doesn't completely work as a sign to other people, since it's so easily co-opted or taken on by people who won't act. Basically I'm pretty ambivalent about it.

But, here's an SPLC guide to speaking up against everyday bigotry.
moonshaz 14th-Nov-2016 08:38 pm (UTC)

Oh, yes, this is great. I've seen it before but had forgotten about it. Thanks.

VivianBagley 14th-Nov-2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
I work for a company that recently started a recognition program that awards different colored beads for things that encompass our "values." They are worn on safety pins.

The intent is nice, but it just doesn't do enough and, as others have pointed out, you can't be sure of discerning the true meaning behind the safety pins.
mhfromnh 15th-Nov-2016 03:57 am (UTC)
you better be ready to back that shit up.
evildevil 15th-Nov-2016 07:17 am (UTC)
1. This looks like a band-aid
2. You still need to fix this shit.
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