i read this earlier and for most of the day, i’ve contemplated on whether i should respond or not.
walkerjo lee

This is more of a response to the overall debate, rather than this specific thread.

It seems easy to view the safety pin “movement” as a single act of ally-ship, and if the wearer takes that stance, then I see the harm. It doesn’t seem to me like a good position to view this act. I’m sure there are many people out there who do little else than post their support on social media, or put on the pin, or comment on how bad they feel, but there are also some people out there who do much more, and who are also wearing the pin. Wearing the pin should not be seen as an endpoint. It is a response to many recent actions, and in a mostly blue city like Chicago, there may never be a time for me to actually verbally object to some hateful remarks made in front of my face, but me wearing the pin should not say to anyone that I wont speak up if the time comes.(I acknowledge that this is easy to say here, and i’m not asking anyone to think better of me for saying it) Some may view me wearing this as me doing wrong or doing nothing else(not your words), but if it helps one marginalized person feel better, then it is worth the cost of anyone else thinking less of me. I can’t control what people think of me; I can only control my intentions. It is very easy to be skeptical, but let’s not perpetuate the thought that actions of one/few are indicative of all.

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