people are wearing safety pins to show solidarity with minorities
Inspired by the UK's attempt to combat hate crimes after Brexit, Americans are declaring themselves allies to the groups Trump has attacked.
Just as Brexit foreshadowed Donald Trump being named president-elect on Tuesday, it also provides a scary glimpse of what might come next. Soon after the UK split from the EU, hate crimes soared by nearly 60%, with more than 2,300 race-related offenses recorded in London during the 38 days following the referendum. It's only been two days since the United States election was called, but already there have been reports of racist graffiti and hate crimes. Now people are recreating a more uplifting trend: wearing a safety pin to show solidarity with the already vulnerable minorities that Trump's "win" thrived off attacking. The hashtag #safetypin is once again trending on Twitter as allies attempt to quell the surely inevitable surge in post-election racism.
As we noted at the time, the post-Brexit idea wasn't met without criticism. One Twitter user said, "The safety pin is literally the visual symbol of 'not all white people'" while Broadly's UK editor Zing Tsjeng, tweeted "It makes me feel sad that people need to resort to meaningless sartorial tricks to feel good, rather than being brave enough to INTERVENE." The newly established Twitter account @SafetyPinsUSA appears to have taken some of this backlash on board, tweeting today, "Let's be clear. This #safetypin isn't a well wish. It's a commitment. You will HELP people. You will stand up. You will defend. It's action." Hopefully people wearing the symbol are aware of this.
Text Hannah Ongley