“Meanwhile, wearing symbols of solidarity performs another function that many “minorities” never imagine, much less see — that is how such symbols chill or halt some bigoted conversations, disrupt the assumptions that everyone “like us” agrees & erode the confidence of bigots & bullies when they are among only who they consider their “own kind” — all before I even open my mouth. I’ve been inside such enclaves & the defiance of any one of us matters.”
Yes. I’ve been trying to articulate this, thank you. There are many functions of a symbol of resistance, and this is one of them: it helps to define the social space.