MY PIN ISN'T THE SAME AS YOUR PIN, BUT IT SHOULD BE
The immediate response to trump winning was outlandish rejection of his idealogy, his promises, his rhetoric. I saw many posts about wearing a safety pin (like the U.K. did after the Brexit) to let marginalized people they could trust us, that we were an ally. I liked it. But-
- •Immediately after that I saw posts saying not to wear a pin!A. It too easy for someone malicious to copy! B. It's just to make white people feel like they did something and C. It's not actually doing anything.
- •To those, I say - shut up.You don't know what I've done. You don't know who I've helped or how hard I railed against trump, his policies and his followers.
- •So I wear a pin.Not to let people know I'm an ally (I certainly am, and you CAN count on me if need be.) Definitely not to make myself feel better. Quite the opposite.
- •My pin is a reminder.A reminder I didn't do enough. A reminder that I failed. I let my friends - my FAMILY- people I care about deep in my heart - vote to strip rights and freedoms away from my other friends and family. It might not be why they voted for Trump, but it didn't dissuade them.
- •So if you see a pin, either on someone in public, or in your reflection, remember. WE FAILED.
- •AND we can't fail again. The future depends on us.