The aftermath of the election has weighed on me. I’ve found it hard to carry on regular, everyday interactions without feeling compelled to lash out, cry, or simply hold my head in my hands. The fear is real for a lot of people and I’m at a loss on what to do—can I even do anything?
There was an article shared on Facebook by Vox that really moved me. I stumbled upon it as I scrolled through my fear and anger filled Facebook feed. I took a break from defending my most recent status update that blamed everyone I could think of for allowing Trump to happen—and I read the article.
There’s now a burgeoning effort in the United States for people to start wearing the safety-pin stateside in the face of post-election attacks and harassment. Having to adopt a symbol of anti-violence and anti-bigotry is not exactly what any of us thought we’d be doing in the wake of a presidential election taking place in 2016, but it could be one small way to signal that you’re an ally (regardless of who you voted for) to someone who probably didn’t think they’d be in this vitriolic and volatile situation either.
I don’t mean to add some unrealistic meaning to simply wearing a safety-pin as a means to solve the worlds problems, but I do feel compelled to share the idea of this movement. In times of uncertainty for our country and its people, demonstrating solidarity and support can be a huge first step.
I’m what most people would consider the most basic of ethnicities—white male. My demographic is a huge reason why the election results are what they are. I’m not in any of the groups who were directly threatened during Trump’s campaign. I’m not a woman struggling to break through the glass ceiling. But I am still afraid.
I’ll wear a safety-pin in solidarity with those that have a basic human right to feel safe.
You are safe with me.