Safety Pin Box

Your DGB for today is to check out, and hopefully subscribe to, Safety Pin Box.

Remember those horrible first few days after Hillary lost and her supporters, particularly white progressive women, fumbled through life in a haze of tears and disbelief searching for a way to “make it up” to the millions of minority Americans we let down? We took to social media in droves seeking a way to show how desperately sorry, ashamed, and ally-like we truly were. In an underwhelming act of “support,” we dramatically pinned safety pins to our shirts to show the world we were a safe harbor in a sea of white supremacy and hate…or something like that. Shortly after many had pinned their blouses and some had started up Etsy shops selling safety pin earrings, necklaces and - yes - safety pins, the harsh, but deserved, criticism of this act’s tone deafness began. Minority activists criticized safety pins as another way white progressives pay lip service without actually mobilizing, speaking out, or attempting to dismantle institutionalized racism and discrimination.

Two Black women activists decided to turn this non-action into tangible action and developed Safety Pin Box; a subscription service that spells out true activism for the activist-adjacent. Actionable tasks are regularly assigned to subscribers and are meant to develop into collaborative local activism. From the website:

“Tasks will vary in scope from individual to group assignments, and task categories include data collection, personal development, influencing your networks, and showing radical compassion.”

So let us not “put a pin in it,” but rather take up the mantle of true activism and embrace what it means to be a sincere accomplice in these uncertain times, and in doing so, support two Women of Color as they try to educate us.