Safety pins are being worn by American citizens across the country to show support to the religious, racial and sexual minorities who became victims of discrimination and abuse. The safety pins are being worn in the wake of Donald Trump’s win in the election as citizens are afraid that the amount of hate crimes will rise.
Trump’s campaign was littered with homophobic, misogynist and racist rhetoric that offended scores of communities including Muslims, Latinos, women and the disabled. Following his victory, an increase of cases of abuse against minorities were reported. The safety pin represents that the wearer will protect those who are being treated with hatred. The symbol was first used to show unity during World War 2 when the Dutch wore them under their collar to show loyalty to the queen, without being persecuted by Nazis.