Why should it be a universally positive act? Who decided that?
If people are being sincere in wearing it, then, again, why does it matter if other people think they’re petty and shallow? Wouldn’t they wear it and act with the same sincere intention regardless of what other people think?
I dyed my hair pink in October so that I could show support for lives lost and survivors of breast cancer. Some people thought it was ugly. Most people didn’t care. Someone could say it’s slacktivism, just like the safety pin is. Nobody thanked me. Absolutely none of that affects me. Nobody needs to know my volunteer schedule. I don’t need that praise.
Neither should the person I replied to. The article isn’t a personal attack on her. The author has no idea who she is. But she took it personally. Kind of like you did. Why? Why does this make a difference in your life? It’s not going to stop anybody from joining a civil rights movement that they sincerely support. At best, it will stop people from continuing to flaunt their privilege with the hot new suburban accessory.
That’s not turning something good into something bad. It’s calling out the kinds of things that perpetuate the negative things that people wearing safety pins are claiming to fight.
And that’s not from my mouth. That’s from the mouths of hundreds of minority writers. For once, can we stop trying to tell minorities how to feel about things that are supposed to give them more power?