How the Safety Pin Gave Hope to Many Post-Election

In the week that followed the election, and subsequent win of Donald Trump many people have been experiencing a sense of depression and fear over what's to come.

Some Americans are wearing safety pins as a symbol of solidarity with victims of racism, homophobia and religious discrimination. People have spoken out on Twitter to say that their safety pins show that they are an ally to marginalized groups.

The trend began in the UK, where people started wearing safety pins after the country’s vote to leave the European Union in June.

Americans are starting to report a similar rise in hostilities, with the Southern Poverty Law Center recording more than 200 incidents of “election-related harassment and intimidation” as of Friday evening. Its report noted that “every incident could not be immediately independently verified.”

In the days following the election, students have reported incidents of intimidation and bullying, including in Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s hometown. In one Michigan middle school, students chanted “build that wall” during their lunch period. A swastika appeared on a storefront in South Philadelphia.

So now, more than ever, it's important for all of us who believe in an all inclusive America, show our support to one another. With this small sign, we can tell our fellow Americans that you are a "Safe Space" and that you support them.

When you do this, give them a big hug and them for their support.