I’m Not Down With the Safety Pin Backlash
Anoosh Jorjorian
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Seems like you’re getting a lot of negative responses. This should help.

I’ll be wearing a safety pin, and I’m white and straight and old and male, but I’m not “woke;” my home when I was a child was about as “woke” as you could get in the ’60s in white suburbia. I was taught to respect people, black, white, brown, blue, green, or purple, and while I was growing up I watched my parents deal with my sister coming out, which was very hard for them. It wasn’t for me; I’d already been taught to respect people, and she was my sister and I loved her, and love her now just as much.

Yes, my safety pin means that if I see you being racially, religiously, or sexually harassed I will come and stand by you. I probably won’t say anything. I might take my safety pin off and put it back on in a more prominent spot. I might take out my phone and start recording. My tool is shame. I will use it mercilessly. But I am too old to be engaging in a physical confrontation, so I’ll just do the best I can for you.

If you want to do me a solid, then vote every time you get the opportunity. Just that, nothing more. Anything more you do is bonus. I’ve done it for you, and I will to my last breath. It’s the most important thing anyone can do, because without it none of the rest means much.