In the days following last Tuesday's presidential election, many Americans claimed that their world was changing and that they no longer felt safe:
In an effort to mark themselves as allies or “safe spaces,” Americans from all walks of life took to wearing a single safety pin on their clothing, signaling to minorities and anyone who felt threatened, “you're safe with me, I will stand with you.”
But not everyone is taking the social media campaign seriously:
Many tied in a common use for safety pins:
And they all seem to heading in the same direction:
Actor James Woods was no exception:
But it wasn't just Trump supporters like Woods who were mocking the safety pins. Christopher Keelty penned an editorial at the Huffington Post telling “white people” that their safety pins were “embarrassing.”
Keelty laid the “blame” for electing Donald Trump squarely at the feet of “white people,” and explained that the safety pins were yet another example of white people “calling themselves allies while doing nothing to help”:
"We don’t get to make ourselves feel better by putting on safety pins and self-designating ourselves as allies.
And make no mistake, that’s what the safety pins are for. Making White people feel better. They’ll do little or nothing to reassure the marginalized populations they are allegedly there to reassure; marginalized people know full well the long history of white people calling themselves allies while doing nothing to help, or even inflicting harm on, non-white Americans."
He even equated the people wearing safety pins to the men who wrote a Constitution not outlawing slavery:
“Remember the white guys in the 1770s who wrote all about freedom and equality and inalienable rights? Remember how they owned and sold slaves? Yeah, if that’s the spirit you want to evoke, go ahead and wear your safety pin. I’m sure lots of white people will smile when they see it. They might even congratulate you. But immigrants and people of color will recognize it as a symbol of your privilege.”
Instead of a safety pin, Keelty suggested that white people try another avenue to prove that their “alliance”: "I recommend carrying a big sign. You can make your own, it’s easy. On the sign you should write, in big bold letters, 'BLACK LIVES MATTER.'”
Keelty did not explain how carrying a “Black Lives Matter” sign was any less symbolic than wearing a safety pin.