I’m not trying to shame anyone, just think twice before wearing it. This article really articulates it well, but I had kind of a feeling of uneasiness, that wearing a safety pin is nothing more than trying to wear a sign that says, “don’t hate me, I’m one of the good ones!” in this dark time where it’s just NOT about white people. What in the world have we white people done to earn the trust of others, right now? Yeah, I voted for Hillary but that’s not where it stops or starts.
Let me explain something, white people: We just fucked up. Bad. We elected a racist demagogue who has promised to do serious harm to almost every person who isn’t a straight white male, and whose rhetoric has already stirred up hate crimes nationwide. White people were 70% of the voters in the 2016 election, and we’re the only demographic Trump won. It doesn’t matter why. What matters is there’s a white nationalist moving into the Oval Office, and white people–only white people–put him there.
We don’t get to make ourselves feel better by putting on safety pins and self-designating ourselves as allies.