In light of the many fears that have surfaced after the election on Tuesday, November 8th, some Americans are choosing to show solidarity using a small symbol. Although the symbol is small, the meaning is not.
A safety pin is now being used show support to certain groups of people who live with fear due to race, religion, sex, disability, citizenship status, or sexual orientation. The safety pin trend began in the UK when the country left the European Union earlier this year. The statement is not a political statement, but a statement of humanity and is catching on with both those who voted for and against Donald Trump. The symbol is a symbol of peace and unity, rather than that of protest or discord.
The movement was best described on Twitter by SafetyPinUSA saying, “Those who wear a safety pin show their support and promise to take action to help defend those targeted by hate and intolerance.”
Will you be wearing a safety pin? Remember, it is not just a thumbs up or high five, it is a commitment to stand up for the rights of those who need it when they need it.
— Donna Lozano (@DonnaYLozano) November 11, 2016
— Heather Bailey (@hbaileytreolo) November 11, 2016
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