There seems to be a lot of commentary going on about wearing safety pins. I wore one the first two days I had first read about them. Then an ally pointed our the paternalistic message I was sending. So I took mine off. Now I wear eitiher a Black Lives Matter or one that reads Stand Against Racism.
I have just returned from shopping where I was waiting behind and chatting with a black woman in the self-checkout line. She explained to me that although it appeared a register was open, it in fact had a flashing red light on a pole above it, indicating that it was out of order. Soon thereafter, another working registered open, and she proceeded to check out.
Just seconds after she left I heard a voice whisper in my ear “So typical, just like they wait chatting on the phone when the light turns green.”
I turned to see middle-aged white male and said, “I don’t even know what that means.” As I faced him, he saw that I was wearing a “Black Lives Matter” pin. I could see the surprise and embarrassment in his face when he saw my pin, and quickly scurried off in another direction.
I think my pin well represented me today. What type of pin would best benefit what we believe in?
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