Your Safety Pins Are Not Enough.
Lara Witt

I don’t think it’s quite fair to belittle a gesture of solidarity on its face. OF COURSE it’s not “enough,” but I and others I know have chosen to wear it not out of “white guilt,” or as any kind of apology, but rather as a small reminder to ourselves that this is a daily struggle and one we need to fight, every day. That everything won’t just “be okay” somehow, if we don’t take action — in the quiet, mundane course of our day-to-day lives, as well as in the extraordinary work and actions that we all must undertake if we have any hope of a better future for our children. Injustice, racism, sexism, all kinds of prejudice, hate and violence MUST be confronted. Absolutely. The gesture, the symbol, is not the thing itself, but it has value nontheless. A symbol can be a powerful thing: a reminder, a motivator, a call to action, a conversation starter. Something as mundane as a safety pin can and has sparked a conversation with a stranger on a train about social justice and the need for all of us to get out of our comfort zones and take positive action. I hope you will continue to urge people to do that — with or without their safety pins.

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