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.
**PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN THIS TOMORROW!!** I know I haven't been active in the last couple of days; I'm so very sorry. The election has taken me completely be surprise and I'll admit I'm having a very rough time with it. Please keep America in your thoughts. Let's always remember to spread love. ❤️ - - - - - - - - - - - - #booknerd #bibliophile #bookworm #bookaholic #bookstagram #safetypin #hillaryclinton #imwithher #strongertogether #hillyes #bookstagrammer #yalit #shelfie #booksonbooks #booklover
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.
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
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.