This safety pin trend has me feeling slightly frustrated. I’ve noticed at least three people on my friend’s list acting as “allies” when two of the three last year stood firm in their “All lives matter” beliefs. It doesn’t go both ways, folks. And since when does wearing a safety-pin protect anyone? Instead of holding all these protests and rallies in which people proudly tout their safety pins, maybe we could all get together and work to educate those that are unfamiliar with active bystander strategies.
Please don’t get me wrong. I 110% support anyone and everyone’s rights to protest, and how you choose to do so is your business, with the exceptions of destruction of property and violence. However, I felt disappointed in the rally we attended that featured an overwhelming white majority crying about the Trump Presidency when in reality, most of the crowd will never suffer the consequences of his hate-filled rhetoric to the extent that people of color and members of the LGBT community might.
My friend posted a meme that made me laugh so hard. It was the epitome of what I’ve struggled to describe. An attention-seeking attitude is incongruent with an altruistic approach. A lot of people have good intentions, but it’s not about the privileged ones boasting on social media, “Look at me! Look at me! I’m wearing a safety-pin, therefore I’m an ally!!”. It’s about the ones who feel marginalized, and what we can actually do when someone’s facing a dangerous situation in public.
It’s not just about the money, although I do completely agree that the best way to support a cause is to fund it, without a doubt. But if you can’t afford to donate, take action steps–don’t just wear a fucking safety-pin. I can’t even imagine how many people have sported a pin the last few days but haven’t contributed a dime to the cause. Needless to say, actions speak louder than words.