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After Tuesday night’s results, you might’ve seen people on your Facebook newsfeed or Twitter timeline (or out in the real world) wearing safety pins on their shirts in protest. But what does that gesture mean?
The safety pin movement, which started in the U.S. a few days ago and has grown exponentially in popularity, is actually adapted from a similar protest that followed the Brexit vote in June, when the U.K. decided to leave the European Union. Many began donning safety pins both to protest the vote and to subtly announce themselves as allies to those minorities who felt threatened by the result, especially recent immigrants. According to USA Today, “anger about immigration helped propel the ‘leave’ campaign to victory amid a tide of nativism.” Many across the pond saw similarities in Trump’s rise to power, and are now wearing safety pins to signal their own support for racial minorities who saw themselves victimized and ostracized by Trump’s campaign rhetoric about deportation and building walls.
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originally posted by: mikell
Actually they are wearing diaper pins but either way they are making themselves targets for criminals looking for the weak.
originally posted by: JohnnyCanuck
a reply to: roadgravel
This is a reflection of the fact that a Trump win has left a good part of your population feeling vulnerable. The level of discourse on this thread merely confirms their fears. I wouldn't be feeling too proud of that.