Hi, Shawn. This was a very good article, but I think you missed one point, and that is that the symbolism of the safety pin in post-election 2016 is being used differently here than it was in the Netherlands in the 1940’s.
Here and now, there is nothing COVERT about it. There is nothing hidden. People are wearing the safety pins openly to remind others of the word “SAFE” — in a new world where these folks may no longer feel that way.
Rather than belittling some efforts — especially by little ones who are just now realizing that some of their friends at school don’t feel secure in this world anymore, and who are asking how THEY might be able to help — accepting that the tiny little gesture of wearing the safety pin openly to reassure and make others FEEL SAFE may indeed be the very first step taken on the long journey toward picking up the broken pieces around us and building a better, more equal society. Tikkun Olam, man. And don’t be so judgy.