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Why Are People Wearing Safety Pins After the Election?

Why Are People Wearing Safety Pins After the Election?

Jack Davis | Western Journalism

On the grounds that America’s decision to send President-elect Donald Trump to the White House has suddenly meant a sea change in America’s tolerance for the wide range of diverse populations that make up the nation, anti-Trump protesters have taken to wearing safety pins to help all of those who feel marginalized know that they have a friend.

In what might a fitting counterpoint to the election of a candidate who campaigned as “Mr. Brexit,” American protesters are copying a trend begun in England after the Brexit vote. The Hollywood Reporter noted the safety pins were worn as a tangible sign to refugees and immigrants that they did indeed have friends among the British.

The safety pin symbolizes the individual wearing it is a “safe space.”

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

My #safetypin means I will stand up for anyone being treated unfairly. I am a safe place. pic.twitter.com/LDugM4WO7l

— wifeontheverge (@tiffmagid) November 11, 2016

Today for 1st time in 3 yrs, in my rural Trump town, I didn't feel safe enough to wear my hijab. I wore my hijab #safetypinin a diff way 💔 pic.twitter.com/QDFAUV2uZt

— Muslim Momma (@Muslimomma1) November 11, 2016

So #safetypin is happening: Pin one on you to show marginalized groups that they are safe with you, that you will help if they are attacked. pic.twitter.com/PGFlLVMFeN

— Jennifer Scheurle (@Gaohmee) November 11, 2016

The hand-wringing and violence that accompanied the election have irritated John S. Roberts, who shared his thoughts on the Young Conservaties website.

“Are progressives forgetting something here? Aren’t they the ones who backed the first major party presidential candidate under FBI investigation who preyed on minorities and the uninformed?” he wrote.

“Saying you’ll stand with all these groups is great and all, but you can’t go and incite violence across the nation because you disagree with America’s choice for president,” he added.

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