Americans are taking a cue from the Brits and wearing safety pins in solidarity against violent Trump supporters.
As I wrote about in a previous post, the Trump trolls are taking to the streets with a sense of violent entitlement. Trump’s supporters have taken the election results as an indication that open and mass violence against anyone who isn’t a straight white male is now fully condoned and acceptable.
Almost immediately following Trump’s victory, his minions are harassing, attacking, and threatening women, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and anyone of color.
Taking a tip from the Brexit fiasco, people around the country are beginning to wear safety pins as a powerful symbol of hope and solidarity to victims of hate.
As one Twitter user named Allison put it:
So I have an idea similar to #ridewithme to help protect those eing abused as result of Brexit referendum – but I need your help.
— miss pommery 1926 (@cheeahs) June 26, 2016
The idea has quickly spread as social media users are showing selfies of themselves wearing the pins.
— happify (@happifydesign) November 10, 2016
— Lauren B. Davis (@Laurenbdavis) November 10, 2016
@HammockNotes I like the idea of the extras – to hand to others. Love this grassroots movement to show compassion, concern.
— Bev Baird (@BairdBev) November 11, 2016
— Jen Baldwin (@ancestryjourney) November 10, 2016
— Cass Morris (@CassRMorris) November 10, 2016
— Lucky Tran (@luckytran) November 10, 2016
A powerful message from a small symbol that says we are with you, we will protect you, and we stand for you.
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