Americans don safety pins in solidarity with minorities after election
— Bex Taylor-Klaus (@IBexWeBex) November 11, 2016
In the wave of reactions to Donald Trump’s election as the 45th president of the U.S., safety pins have taken on a new meaning in the country.
Some Americans are wearing safety pins as a symbol of solidarity with victims of racism, homophobia and religious discrimination. People have spoken out on Twitter to say that their safety pins show that they are an ally to marginalized groups.
“My #SafetyPin shows I will protect those who feel in danger bc of gender, sexuality, race, disability, religion, etc. You are safe with me,” actor Bex Taylor-Klaus tweeted.
The trend began in the UK, where people started wearing safety pins after the country’s vote to leave the European Union in June.
— Lara Arikan (@lararikan) November 11, 2016
Americans are starting to report a similar rise in hostilities, with the Southern Poverty Law Center recording more than 200 incidents of “election-related harassment and intimidation” as of Friday evening. Its report noted that “every incident could not be immediately independently verified.”
In the days following the election, students have reported incidents of intimidation and bullying, including in Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s hometown. In one Michigan middle school, students chanted “build that wall” during their lunch period. A swastika appeared on a storefront in South Philadelphia.
Video has also surfaced that appears to show an attack on a student who voiced support for Donald Trump. The Los Angeles Times also reported that one principal was suspended after making a profane comment about the president-elect.