To the author of “Dear White people, Your Safety Pins are Embarrassing,” and others who mock us for wearing safety pins: how dare you? You say that the safety pins make us look stupid and that we only wear them to try to make ourselves feel better. You think we wear it out of guilt? Seriously?
Do you have any idea what it means to us? Because I really don’t think you do. Not if you think we’re wearing it to proclaim “I’m on of the good guys.” Or that we’re trying to prove that we’re not racist/homophobic/etc.. And especially if you think we’re wearing it to show that we’re not Trump supporters.
Since you don’t seem to understand, let me try explaining it: we are wearing it because we recognize that we are on the brink of a full out war, and we are declaring ourselves soldiers on the frontlines for the rights of our fellow Americans. We are volunteering to put our own safety on the line for them. We are saying “You are not alone in this fight. When you feel all alone in your foxhole, look next to you. We are here. We have your back.”
If you had addressed this just to the people wearing the pin out of guilt, I would understand. I’m sure there are some people who put the pin on for that very reason, just as I am sure that some are wearing it just because other people are. To them, it is a game. To them, it’s all about following the latest whatever Facebook has brought us.
But to the rest of us, it’s about our friends and family. And to the rest of us, what your article implies is even more insulting than your click bait title.
This isn’t a game to us. This isn’t about guilt. This isn’t about making ourselves feel better, and if you pulled your head out of your ass long enough to really think it through, maybe you would understand that.
Great. This is a necessary behavior in the face of the election of the most overtly racist, sexist, xenophobic, anti- gender and sexual minority candidate in the history of the modern United States…
Source: So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin
I will be picking up a whole box of these ASAP, and I plan on wearing ten at a time. I WANT people to see it. I want them to NOTICE it. I want there to be NO MISTAKING what side I am on. I WANT people to know that there are still good in the world, and I am part of it. I WANT people to know that they are NOT alone. And for those who mean to get a safety pin of their own, and keep forgetting, I WANT to be a reminder.
We need this. Now, more than ever.
Thank you, whoever it was that came up with this for Brexit. It’s sad that you needed it and it’s sad that we need it now, but it’s heartening to know that there are people like you who care enough to come up with things like this.
Image credit to someone on facebook. Not sure of the original creator.
Well, he won. As a Bernie supporter, I am not happy. As a woman, I am worried. As a friend to the Black/Muslim/LGBTQ spectrum/Hispanic community, I am terrified. As an American, I am humiliated. And as a human being, I am disgusted to the point of nausea. But now is the time to move on.
I am making myself a rule/pact. I will give myself until Sunday at 11:59 pm to mourn the less of human decency and be a general all around jackass about this election. As soon as the clock hits midnight on Monday, I am done.
Bitching doesn’t do any good. The race has been won. The only thing left to do is move forward, and quite frankly life goes by too fast to NOT keep moving. That doesn’t mean I’m happy about it. It just means I’m not going to waste anymore time (after Sunday) on something beyond our control now.
I still think he is trash and a waste of human space, and when it comes to civil rights, I will fight him tooth and nail. HOWEVER, *IF* he makes moves to actually IMPROVE the US, then I will support those movements, because as an American, it is my duty to my country.
I want you all to keep this in mind though: when I show support for the POSITIVE movements he makes, it is AMERICA I am supporting. Not him.
And to my Hispanic/Black/Muslim/LGBTQ (and everyone else along the spectrum) friends/readers: I will never stop fighting for you, and I am not alone on this. I know it looks bad right now, but stay strong. There is still good in the country, and we have your back.
Found this and decided it would be fun to share. Enjoy 😉
A parody of the poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe.
come be with me
and be my maid,
I can pay you well,
’cause I’ve got it made.
You’ll have great benefits,
and a dental plan,
you won’t regret
working for this man.
I’ll buy you dresses
and brand new shoes,
all in lovely
shades of blue.
The finest wines,
and expensive cigars
and fast sports cars
You’ll like working
Head of the Country.
©Tiffany Crystal 1999