It’s no secret that President-elect Donald Trump’s win has resulted in heavy resistance nationwide. This country has bared witness to prevalent anti-hate and anti-Trump marches, including downtown Athens, for days following Election Day.
But now instead of picket signs these marches have shifted too activism with safety pins.
Americans have begun wearing safety pins on their clothes to show solidarity with racial minorities, immigrants, women, members of the LGBTQ community and other minority groups who feel targeted by Trump’s campaign and his supporters.
Those wearing the pins are someone others can go to for support if needed.
“I think it’s really important that people who could potentially face discrimination because of Trump’s presidency know that they have allies,” Jessica Pasquarello, a sophomore at the University of Georgia and student leader of the Undocumented Students Alliance, told the Red & Black. “It’s important for people who don’t support Trump’s rhetoric to stand together in solidarity as means of showing resistance to prejudices that he promotes.”
Jennifer Fishburn, an Athens for Everyone activist, told the Red & Black that the fashion trend is spreading to multiple generations and that a friendship club started in Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School as a result of the election.
Still, not all activists accept the political statement as a form of activism and have labeled the action as a form of “slactivism,” a term combining “slack” and “activism” which has been trending among Twitter users who expressed the passive form of activism is counterproductive.
“The pins are definitely not enough,” Pasquarello said. “It’s an important first step, but wearing the pin without opening dialogue with the other side or going to rallies is just not enough. We have to do more.”
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