Some Are Wearing Safety Pins to Show They're a 'Safe Place' After Trump's Win
— Kristen W (@Kkwabuge) November 11, 2016
Some Americans are wearing safety pins on their shirts to show they are a so-called 'safe space' for others following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president.
The #SafetyPin movement actually began in Britain over the summer following the Brexit vote, in which the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU.
A columnist at the liberal website Slate called on like-minded Americans to wear the safety pins to show solidarity with those who may be scared of Trump.
Yesterday and today, as I walk around in this unfamiliar new country, I see people of color and wonder if they think I’m one of the 53 percent of white women who voted for Trump. I see white men and wonder if they’re one of the 63 percent who did. We need an outward sign of sympathy, a way for the majority of us who voted against fascism to recognize one another.
Vox also shared the call to action, noting "potentially related racist and anti-Semitic abuse and vandalism is happening across the country" since Tuesday.
Supporters say the safety pin is not meant to be political, but to show solidarity with minorities against bigotry and hate.
The action comes as anti-Trump protests have broken out in several U.S. cities and on college campuses, with protesters shouting that Trump is not their president.
"Star Trek" actor Patrick Stewart joined in, tweeting his safety pin.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) November 11, 2016
— Sarah Lill (@SarahLill9) November 11, 2016
Wear a #Safetypin today to show you're a safe place, and a person that does not treat others unfairly due to race, gender, or beliefs!!
— hannah (@hannahfousek) November 11, 2016
— The Zen RN (@Thezenrnblog) November 10, 2016
— wifeontheverge (@tiffmagid) November 11, 2016