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People are wearing safety pins to mark themselves as a safe space for those feeling vulnerable after the election of Donald Trump.

Paula Rogo
Nov, 12, 2016

How do you navigate Trump’s America? One way is to look for an unexpected ornament.

Days after Donald Trump was named president-elect, Americans are spreading a message of unity with an unlikely object: a safety pin.

And it looks like Americans borrowed this idea from our friends across the pond, who used this technique during Brexit.

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In the aftermath of the June 23 vote to leave the European Union, Britain saw a surge in xenophobia expressed in taunts, threats and worse. The hashtag #PostBrexitRacism started trending, as social media users reported verbal harassment on buses, city streets and in cafes.
That’s when the safety pin movement started.

Months later, Americans are following suit since the rise of xenophobic behavior.

On Friday, the hashtag #safetypin trended on Twitter, as dozens of people shared selfies with safety pins attached to their clothing.

It won’t unite us all, but if you consider yourself a “safe space” consider wearing a safety pin.