If You See A Person On The Street Wearing A Safety Pin, Here's What You Need To Know
Katie Mooney 2/3/2017
Normally you wouldn't give a second thought if you noticed someone wearing a safety pin. However, in today's world, this small gesture has a bigger meaning than you may have realized.
This powerful movement - the "Safety Pin Movement" - is taking the world by storm. People everywhere are "speaking out" with the simplicity of a safety pin displayed on their clothing, against hate and violence, and in support of unity, acceptance, and peace.
During this emotional time, people are wearing safety pins as a visual cue to others showing they are willing to stand up and protect anyone who feels threatened, unsafe, or marginalized.
During the time of Brexit, an American woman living in London came up with the "safety pin idea" in support of immigrants.
She shared with The Guardian,
"I kept seeing these reports about people being abused on buses and trains."
She then went on to say,
"I was watching the Euros with my husband and I thought, how can we show people in public we are going to stand with them? We didn't want to force people to go out and buy something so I said, 'what about a safety pin? Most people have one somewhere in the house.' My husband said it's like a pin of safety - he likes puns."
This monumental movement of unity began with the compassion and thoughtfulness of one woman - and has been embraced here in the United States during this time of tension.
And now, people all over are not only wearing safety pins - they are tweeting pictures, posting photos on Instagram, creating hashtags, putting out statements, displaying signs, and setting out bowls of safety pins in their shops and businesses.
A number of celebrities have even been photographed sporting their pin - in support of all people, regardless of race, gender, place of birth, status, sexual preference, religious belief, or ability.
Messages have been posted, along with pictures of safety pins being worn, saying things such as,
"I am a safe place"..."Wearing a safety pin in solidarity with all those exposed to hate and violence"..."I support solidarity and intolerance for hate, stand for your right to be who you are, I am an ally"..."Pin one on you to show marginalized groups that they are safe with you, you will help if they are attacked."
The Huffington Post describes the movement,
"It's a tiny gesture, but it speaks volumes, assuring people they are not alone."
They continued by saying,
"Americans are posting photos of themselves on social media, declaring themselves "safe places" and showing support for women, people of color and other marginalized groups."
As Albert Einstein once said, "Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding." Share the "moving" meaning of the safety pin movement with your friends and family today!
Sources: The Guardian, The Huffington Post FB Image Credit: Twitter/MegsSelFan