As the BBC explains, safety pins were worn after the Brexit vote in the UK as a protest against a rise in hate crime.
The election of Donald Trump and the advent of the American Brexit, along with the Republican nominee’s long list of grievances and hatreds for various minorities has made the safety pin relevant in the United States, such as that sported by actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who tweeted this message:
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) November 11, 2016
Messages like that retweeted by singer Nancy Sinatra are making the rounds on social media platforms:
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) November 11, 2016
Messages like these are common, and in the days to come, will no doubt become more so as Americans come to grips with the evil we will soon be facing in our own White House:
— happify (@happifydesign) November 10, 2016
Donald Trump expressed hatred for the LGBT community, for Mexicans, for Muslims, Asians, and Jews during his campaign, but there are plenty of safety pins to go around, and plenty of tolerance and love backing them up.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.