I’m not certain I agree with the safety pin idea, because it’s something too easily co-opted by people who don’t mean well, and may try o actually harm someone. The end result is if you’re a White person wearing the pin, I still may no give you the benefit of the doubt. Although, I suppose it will help to signify some message to other White people. I don’t disagree with the safety pin idea. I’m just noting some drawbacks.
That said, I think this is an excellent article.
Great. This is a necessary behavior in the face of the election of the most overtly racist, sexist, xenophobic, anti- gender and sexual minority candidate in the history of the modern United States. You know the rhetoric of his campaign was wrong. It was the very worst thing about America and you want to do what you can to combat the result. Good. Do that.
But don’t do it without a plan. Because the very last thing a tense situation needs is someone full of good intentions but with no knowledge of de-escalation tactics or self-defense. Your intentions are not a tangible shield. If you don’t make a plan, you will get yourself or the person you are trying to defend very killed.
Let’s avoid that.
So make a plan.
Some of you can stop reading now. You have, or know how to make a plan and you don’t need…
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