The Safety in Safety Pins Since the Election
By Victoria Gourdin
After the recent election of soon to be president Donald Trump, many people throughout the country are feeling threatened. Already Trump supporters have made derogatory comments to people of color, and one transgender woman even had her car set on fire. Because of that and because of the hate that shrouds minority communities in general, people began to speak out.
Whether as an individual or within an organization, many people have signed petitions, protested and worked towards different solutions. However even with all of the positive moves forward and the steady growth of a unified community, countless American citizens still feel threatened. For these people, it is hard to tell who is available for conversation versus the people who simply increase tensions. With these uncertainties still so prevalent, a new movement has begun.
Throughout the United States, people have donned safety pins to signify that they are and always will be a safe, reliable person to talk to. The pins themselves signify that not all people believe in or support the hateful rhetoric that has been used throughout Mr. Trump’s campaign. However, the soon to be president himself requested that his supporters cease derogatory comments towards minorities. Still, many continued to get out of hand.
For this reason, people are wearing these safety pins as a symbol of unity. After an increase of attacks against immigrants in the United Kingdom, citizens began to wear small safety pins. When hate speech and violence in general began to rise in the States, that symbol spread. When asked for her opinion on this new movement, Senior Paris Booker says that “Anything that brings people together right now is a good thing. Whether or not it’s effective, I don’t know. But I think there are a lot of people who probably appreciate the support.”
As of right now, people throughout the world are wearing safety pins to support the end of violence and hate. Regardless of who you voted for, if you would like to see our country unified again, this may be the movement for you.