In the wake of a nation now awaiting President-elect Donald Trump to take office, there have been nationwide protests and even a protest here on our very campus rejecting the election results.
Using one’s voice to protest is not a new concept. Causes from the Vietnam War to the Civil Rights Movement all garnered protesting to advocate for change.
Protests also don’t have to be vocal. They can be silent. Which is what the Safety Pin Solidarity Protest is all about.
By wearing a safety pin, it signifies that the person stands in solidarity with minorities and those who would be affected (basically anyone who isn’t a cis-gendered heterosexual white American male) by Trump’s plans for our country.
In a new term coined “slacktivism”, the safety pin idea is nice in theory but evokes no call for change. Yes, it is a symbol for standing in solidarity with those affected by Trump’s racist and bigoted rhetoric but there is no action behind the pin wearing.
While many claim that protesting does nothing, protesting is just a public outcry for change. After the protests, there are meetings to decide next steps and actions to be made.
The argument against the Safety Pin Solidarity is that it is also mostly white Americans partaking in it. Have you heard the phrase “white silence is white violence”? Well here it is in action. Your solidarity is silent, so the violence will continue unless you use your privilege and voice to help the cause.
I’m not saying to be a real protestor you need to be out in the streets chanting and walking with your allies, but it takes more than an item pinned to your clothes for change to happen.
You can wear your safety pins, but make sure to go out and take measures to create real change in our afflicted world. Help and protect those who would be actually hurt in a Trump-run country survive.