I’m Not Down With the Safety Pin Backlash
Anoosh Jorjorian
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Thank you so much for this. It echoes much of my thinking in response to the, well, you named it — holier (woker?) than thou writing of a white guy or two about why it is stupid to wear one. While it makes sense to me that it shouldn’t be the last step in advocacy and fighting, it isn’t a terrible first step. Especially because, as psychologists and marketers know, once people take a baby step forward, they are more likely to take a bigger step next, and a bigger after that. So something small like this could very easily work as a gateway action, as it were. And frankly, I want PoC or anybody in trouble to know they can count on me if they need to, and smiling at them all and giving them the thumbs up might be misconstrued as, you know, kinda creepy. So thank you. We all are trying to do what we can.

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