Allyship and the Safety Pin

By Jaya Sadda

Ever since the election results came out, with Donald Trump named as our new President elect, many emotions have flooded the campus. Some were disappointed and upset, while others were happy. Some students at Westridge who feared for those of the LGBTQ community, minorities, immigrants, and women after this election began to wear safety pins to show their condolences to these members across the US.

This trend has been appearing all over the country, as people have taken inspiration from groups of protestors of Brexit. After Britain voted to leave in European Union in June, the nation experienced a 57% rise in xenophobic incidents. After this, and American woman living in Britain started a suggestion that people should wear safety pins to show support to those experiencing abuse.

Some people have been wearing safety pins to resist hate and negativity. Many people across the country are wearing the pins to promote safety and kindness, not to necessarily resist Trump. On the other hand, some people believe that wearing a safety pin does not get anything done. They say, that instead of wearing the pin, “support people in your community with action.”

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