Recently, it has been advocated that people wear a safety pin to indicate to those subjected to hate and bias that they are in solidarity with them. But think before you put on that pin...
Wearing a safety pin as a label can be just another way of othering people who are different. Putting on the pin can mean you are jumping on a bandwagon so others won't think badly of you or labeling yourself as more important - telling the world: I'm in the majority and I have the privilege and power to protect those less fortunate.
According to Buzzfeed, the American who started the safety pin movement said,
“I thought about something that would cost nothing and had no political affiliation. Something that says, ‘I am a safe space, you can sit next to me, you can talk to me, you can ask me for a help.'”
Knowing what to do and doing it are far more important then wearing a safety pin. The following video does an excellent job of presenting active things you can do when you see someone else facing discrimination and hate.
Rather than posting your pic wearing a safety pin on your cool sweater and feeling good about yourself, become an anti-bias activist. Don't be a bystander. Don't be silent.
Please share the following video with your family, your children, and your students. Being an anti-bias activist takes practice. Carry out role plays so you become comfortable taking action when it occurs.
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