Since Donald Trump became our President-elect early Wednesday morning, we’ve been bombarded with symbols of hate. We’ve seen countless instances of racist graffiti—symbols specifically intended to spark fear. Less dangerously but also worth noting, even at the anti-Trump rallies the majority of the signs employ hateful rhetoric or place the same racist symbols in a different context. It is terrifying and it is heartbreaking.
But in the past day or so, a symbol has emerged as a small, but powerful sign of hope: the safety pin. Inspired by Brexit, Americans have started putting safety pins on their sweaters and coats (and T-shirts? Not leaving you out, California and Hawaii) to identify themselves as someone who is, well, safe. A safety pin signifies that anyone who feels marginalized, anyone who feels hated or feared is safe to smile at you, sit next to you on the bus or simply feel just as free and “American” as you or anyone else.
— Jamie Tworkowski (@jamietworkowski) November 11, 2016
So put on your safety pin, tweet about your #safetypin and look out for safety pins. It’s a simple gesture that, en masse, can have powerful impact.