Scattered in between some really horrific articles and posts flooding my newsfeed, there have been more and more posts about safety pins starting to trickle in. You can read more about this symbol and how it came about in this the article. The meaning of the safety pin boils down to a very tangible safety. "I am a safe person", I will stand beside you, walk with you, talk to you, and help to defend you.
In a time when many of us, no matter which "side" we were on when it came to voting, are struggling to find a way to express to those around us, strangers and loved ones alike, that we are still who they thought we were. That we are safe. That even though it might feel like the world is changing in a rapid and unpredictable way, that we are still going to love and respect our family, friends and strangers alike. The safety pin can be that symbol.
Yesterday, I put on my safety pin, and the Awareness Critters did too.
One last note, with this symbol comes responsibility. You are pledging to those around you to be a safe person. Think about how you are going to respond or help to de-escalate situations if/when you encounter them. Think about how you plan to respond if you are alone, with a group, or with your children. There are several good articles and posts talking about this very topic "So you want to wear a safety pin" and the wonderful illustrations by Marie-Shirine Yener, on what to do if you witness anti-Muslim harassment, but it can work in many situations.
This is not to in anyway dissuade you or your family from wearing safety pins, but to make sure you know think about the true meaning and significance of what it can me if you do put them on.