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.
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.