This morning my manager sent me an article discussing ways that people can show solidarity for Black and Brown bodies that might feel uneasy after this trash of an election. For many, simply getting up and walking out the door is a challenge as we already know that in just under two days, there have been several attacks on queer bodies, muslim bodies and threats to women's safety.
In said article, it was recommended that folks wear a safety pin to show that they are a person who might walk alone in fear of being attack or might fear being a target. By wearing the safety pin, what you are ultimately letting folks who are marginalized know that they are in fact safe when in your presence and that you will actively stand up for them in any case that they may get attacked on experience racism/discrimination.
While I have every intention of doing this in the coming days/weeks, I still worry that a safety pin is truly the only thing holding us together as a country. I wish that we could provide more solutions than wearing a safety pin, sitting around talking about our feelings or strategizing ways to get white people to actually hear us. I also wish more white people were talking about ways they could work toward creating safety from a systematic level, being that many of them access to people and power that we as POC will never have.
While the safety pins can help for the time being, we still have four years of pain that we see coming our way. I hope and pray that as the days continue, more conversation and action begin to play out in relation to the hurtful rhetoric used by the Trump cabinet and the awful people who support his antics and his views.
Its gonna take more than a safety pin to fix this mess. May the universe help us.