While the idea of wearing a safety pin as a symbol to the marginalized that one is a safe person, it’s more than a symbol. This article provides excellent guidance about the intention behind it and how to act. Such as:
- Are you willing to help all marginalized groups? You don’t get to pick and choose.
- Do you have a plan? Who will engage with people, and who will film what’s happening?
- Do you know how to de-escalate situations?
- Are you willing to be beaten defending another person?
- If you have children with you, are you willing to risk their safety?
The author says, “…the safety pin is a good idea but if you are going to wear it, you need to know that it is more than an idea. It is a visible, tangible announcement of your commitment to defend the rights and dignity of your fellow human. If you are not willing to follow that announcement up with action, rethink making the announcement.”