Here’s why you’re seeing this symbol everywhere
It’s a troubling time for some Americans as they struggle with the outcome of their recent elections, but a new movement has sprung up offering solidarity and support.
In the lead up to the race for to the White House, president-elect Donald Trump stirred up his supporters by campaigning on anti-Muslim sentiment, as well as making sexist and insulting comments about women and racist comments about people of colour.
The Huffington Post reports many American citizens now feel frightened at the prospect of their country being run by such a divisive leader.
So, while protests continue in the US, Americans standing in solidarity against groups maligned by Trump have embraced a small symbol of support.
By the simple act of fastening a safety pin to their clothing, people are sending out the message to those who might be afraid, they are not alone.
The #safetypin idea is inspired by the same movement which took place in the UK following Brexit where incidences of racism skyrocketed after the country voted to leave the European Union – and given there have been reports in the US of racism following Trump’s election – the gesture, it would seem, is timely.
The movement is catching on too, with many Americans posting photos to social media declaring themselves ‘safe places’, and showing support for all those who feel marginalised.
We’ve rounded up some of the allies and their messages of support below.
— Nina (@ninasthinking) November 11, 2016
— Anne Wilkinson (@runnergirlakw) November 10, 2016