By now, many of you have probably seen this picture below or people posting pictures of themselves wearing safety pins.
At first, I thought that this was a great way to show solidarity and to let people know that they’re not alone.
However, if you put a safety pin on in the the morning to wear throughout the day and that is ALL you’re doing to “support” underrepresented or minoritized group then no thank you. Your fake support isn’t wanted or needed.
Yes, this is a lovely concept in the wake of the election, but at the end of the day this really doesn’t help anyone.
Also, if you’re someone who calls yourself and ally simply for the sake of making yourself feel like you’re not prejudiced…..stop. For example, if you identify a feminist but are transphobic or deny that gender nonconforming people exist then you’re not a real feminist. If you voted for Trump but wear a safety pin and can’t see the irony in that, take it off. If you can’t check your own privilege or feel uncomfortable when that word is brought up, then you definitely shouldn’t be wearing one.
Being an ally is more than an identity, it’s an action. And by action, I do not mean wearing a pin. If you really think that that is enough, then that’s a part of the problem. At the end of the day, you wearing a pin means nothing.