People Are Wearing Safety Pins In Solidarity With Minority Groups Under Threat From Donald Trump
A symbol of resistance in the face of racism, homophobia, misogyny and bigotry.
In the past year and a half, we’ve watched Donald Trump describe Mexicans as rapists, threaten a blanket ban on Muslims, brag about molesting women and commit a litany of other offences that you would’ve thought would disqualify him from becoming President of the United States. But apparently that wasn’t the case. In just a few short months, Donald Trump will be sitting in the Oval Office, and for a lot of people, particularly women and minorities, that’s genuinely terrifying.
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In the days following the election, a number of people have begun wearing safety pins on their clothing, in a show of support for the various groups – including women, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQI people, Latinos, African Americans and people living with disability – who Trump has insulted, or whose rights he has threatened to curtail.
I stand up against
We Stand Together ??#SafetyPin #Resistance pic.twitter.com/PXlhtHbxUU
— Miss Nasty McEwin (@maramcewin) November 11, 2016
Wearing a #safetypin to show that #imwithyou no matter who you are. #LoveTrumpsHate pic.twitter.com/46Ox8o6rDM
— Rachel (@ramasavage) November 9, 2016
Wearing a #safetypin in solidarity w all those exposed to hate & violence after the election. Let's stand as allies! https://t.co/c7awfDmK9t pic.twitter.com/s1WtckRj84
— Lucky Tran (@luckytran) November 10, 2016
The symbol has even been taken up by actor Patrick Stewart. The X-Men star was vocal in his opposition to Trump during the election campaign.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) November 11, 2016
Meanwhile, Chris Weitz, one of the writers of the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One, shared the insignia of the Rebel Alliance with a safety pin through it, along with the words “Star Wars against hate.”
Star Wars against hate. Spread it. pic.twitter.com/Dtf5uqpxba
— Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) November 11, 2016
Safety pins were previously worn by people in the UK to show solidarity with immigrants in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Feature image via Twitter/Bex Taylor-Klaus