So yes, I robbed my travel sewing kit and have a safety pin on my hoodie.
I have seen a few backlashes against the safety pin thing and the ones I have seen fall into three categories.
1: White supremacists are co-opting it.
yeah, well, fuck them.
2: Why do people, especially white men, get to fuck up everything everywhere and then spend 2 cents to feel good?
I can’t answer for anyone but myself, but for myself this isn’t to feel good, it’s to show people (especially myself) that I intend to back up my thoughts and feelings with action.
3: Putting the pin on is an arrogant sign of privilege.
Sure it’s a sign of privilege, Having been born with a certain set of genetics I am unlikely to be directly targeted by the shitstorm to come (though as a poor liberal weirdo with these genetics I am going to feel it lots I assure you). I can continue to ignore the privilege or I can use it, and if I can use it I can sure as hell use it to help those that don’t have it.
So wearing it means you can come up to me and say “help me” and I will, and if I see a situation I think can help, I will. The tiny little bit of cheap steel is a visible sign of my promise to myself and the world.
I also just ordered a Jedi patch for the same hoodie… because Jedi.