We Americans may be in shock from the results of the recent election, but we can help our fellow Americans get through this.
A Safety Pin is an emergency measure; it holds things together in time of need. A safety pin weaves rent fabric, loose pieces into whole cloth. A safety pin means security. A safety pin means togetherness. A safety pin will not fail you. A safety pin will stand by you.
Today, and more than likely for a long time to come, I will wear a safety pin. Actually I am wearing two. one on my coat or jacket, and one on whatever I am wearing. If you see me or someone else wearing a safety pin, know this: You can walk over to one of wearing the safety pin and know implicitly that we will stand by you. We will walk with you. If someone is spewing hate speech, we will stand shoulder to shoulder with you. In a peaceable manner, we will fight back against bullying.
I didn’t start this; on Twitter, the brilliant Miss Pomery 19 @cheeahs , is an American living in the UK. After the Brexit vote, there was violent oubursts against immigrants, people of color, graffiti and worse…does this sound familiar to you? Musing on Twitter, Miss Pomeroy stated:
Images via Good
Shortly after her initial tweets, people took up the safety pin and showed their solidarity via social media. After our election, an article in Good about this movement started circulating on Facebook. And the US safety pin movement was born.
Since Trump was elected, we’ve been hearing, on an almost daily basis, a rise in violence against our fellow Americans. Women have had their hijabs forcefully pulled off their heads, swastikas have appeared all over Philadelphia, historic churches are burned to the ground, and vile epithets spray painted on what’s left of the walls. It’s as if by Trump becoming president, he’s opened the gates of hell, allowing the worst behavior to be set free to harm and to hurt.
We as Americans, we as humans, can’t let a few crazed humans wreck lives. We need to stand up to bullies. We need to not let them take over. And we must understand, deep down, that we really are the same. That we need to stand together. We need to band together as human beings and fight injustice. If we don’t stand together, we cannot move forward, we can only fall down.
We cannot fall down. We will not fall down. We will rise.