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Why People Are Wearing Safety Pins After Last Week’s Election

A look behind the #safetypinUSA trend.

In today’s tense political climate, many Americans are saying that they feel frightened for their safety.

There are reports coming in from around the country of people suffering abuse due to their gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity:

Sadly, even schoolchildren are being threatened:

People are taking extra precautions to ensure their safety:

The good news is that even in the face of fear and hatred, Americans are coming together. Regardless of their political and personal beliefs, many people are taking steps to ensure that everyone around them is being treated with dignity.

One way that people are doing so is with a simple yet powerful accessory: a safety pin. The safety pin was first used in the U.K. by those who didn’t support the Brexit (the vote for the country to leave the European Union). It was meant to be a silent but important message of hope and togetherness.

Now, the safety pin is holding the same power here in America. People are wearing the pins to let those around them know that they are allies, and that they can be relied upon for support, unity and safety during this difficult time.

 

While some have reported that the safety pin is a symbol of the anti-Trump movement, others are quick to assert that wearing the pin is about standing up to hate.

Whatever our political leanings, standing up to violence and bigotry is no doubt something we call can get behind.