Question: Why can’t the pin be the first step before you walk out your door in the morning and encounter your racist family at Thanksgiving or stand up for someone being harassed? Are these acts and wearing a pin mutually exclusive? Can one not wear a safety pin so that a random stranger has the opportunity to feel safe approaching them should the need arise while at the same time actively speaking out against any transgressions they see?
““Wearing a safety pin is only one step.”
“A true first step would be to silence yourself and listen to what those who are affected actually want and need. A true first step would be to correct your racist family members at Thanksgiving dinner. A true first step would be to shut down all racist jokes in your presence. A true first step would be to say something when you see a person of a marginalized group being overlooked, stepped on, ignored, or mistreated. It happens plenty on a daily basis and people don’t have the guts to at least stand up and say NO.”