Monday, November 14, 2016
But the uptick in hate crimes from all of this? I have a real problem with that.
I read several articles about wearing a safety pin. It began with Brexit to show that the wearer is an ally against anyone who feels targeted by hate. Soon after I saw several posts about how wearing a safety pin is just an empty gesture (like so many Facebook "click Like to show you're against such-and-such" posts), or a show of white privilege, or whatever. So I sat on the fence for several days. Last night I spoke to an acquaintance of mine who was wearing one and asked him what spurred him to add a safety pin to his attire. I can't recall all of the details of what he said, but what sticks with me was his conviction.
I returned home, pulled out my safety pins and started adding them to my coats and hats and whatever else I wear when I leave the house. Will it make a difference? Who knows. This is a promise to myself - not anyone else - that if I witness hate, I will do something about it. I don't know precisely what; I have some generic ideas of what I could do in various situations. I'm reading, learning. I'll find that out what I'm capable of when it happens. At a minimum, I want people to know I'm not cool with hateful behavior.
If this interests you and you want more information, check out What can I do? I am still researching and considering what I want to do next.