The fall out from Brexit is still falling so it’s hard to determine true lessons. That’s fodder for the historians. For Little Hinges, the question is: Are there any  tips for post-traumatic voting that Americans can dust off?  To date, we’ve found two. One, featured here, is symbolic and, but has given at least one person so far a bit more courage to fight rather than flee. Thanks to Madeline Karp for the suggestion. The other will be forthcoming in a future post.

The Symbolism of Safety Pins

Sadly following the Brexit vote, those staunchly opposed to racism felt free to publicly voice hateful thoughts and opinions particularly about immigrants. It shocked many who have long considered Britain the home of politeness and civility. But, this is a year of myth busting and civility can no longer be taken for granted even in Crownland.

To help those who immediately felt fearful, an American suggested the use of safety pins to her Anglo colleagues as a symbol of safety. The idea quickly took off in Britain.  See an article about it here. It’s not the prettiest of fashion statements, but can be effective.  If you’re in of a kind assist, feel free to reach out to a kindred soul wearing a safety pin.

Of course, if you’re truly paranoid you might remember the old tale of the fox in sheep’s clothing. Hopefully people filled with hateful thoughts will not want to be associated with the safety pin movement and not don it.

Lest you think that symbolism is just that and not powerful, keep in mind the power of negative symbols such as the swastika, or the Confederate flag, which just by being publicly displayed create fear or discomfort for so many. Consider how much better and stronger we all might be if we were more exposed  to positive symbols that connot safe harbor.

Wearing a safety pin is a quick thing you can do for free immediately. Just raid your closet. For the more fashion forward, a quick search on Etsy.com found an array of options ranging in price from $14 plus shipping to higher gold quality items in the $40-$60 range. Some are featured below. For now, I’m going to dig out my own little gold pins usually used to keep bra straps from showing and will immediately create my own neck charm.

One last thought: Consider the vendor. I just made an impulse purchase of a $14 bracelet from a vendor in Boca Raton. The better rose gold necklace came from a vendor in Brooklyn. Is one a blue voter and the other red? Should it matter? Still pondering that one myself.

~ Rhona Bronson

 

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