James Woods Has a Brutal Suggestion for What Anti-Trump Protesters Can Do With Their Safety Pins
AS A BLACK, MEXICAN, WOMAN — I DO NOT feel safe in AMERICA. I barely felt okay before but I REALLY DON'T FEEL SAFE ANYMORE.
— Natalie Nichole N²7 (@TheOnlyNC) November 10, 2016
It broke my heart having both of my parents tell me that they don't feel safe in America anymore
@NancySinatra I don't feel safe in America anymore after this election I came here for freedom and it's taken away. I am looking forwhattodo
— Cliff Kwabbena M. (@iben909) November 12, 2016
In an effort to mark themselves as allies or “safe spaces,” Americans from all walks of life took to wearing a single safety pin on their clothing, signaling to minorities and anyone who felt threatened, “you’re safe with me, I will stand with you.”
— (((Analisa Swan))) (@Analisa_Swan) November 13, 2016
— Skip Licker (@SkipLicker) November 11, 2016
Seems the Left is looking for a 'symbol' for their 'movement' with this #safetypin thing.
I have a better idea. pic.twitter.com/afti6P7cKR
— andieiam (@andieiamwhoiam) November 11, 2016
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 13, 2016
But it wasn’t just Trump supporters like Woods who were mocking the safety pins. Christopher Keelty penned an editorial at the Huffington Post telling “white people” that their safety pins were “embarrassing.”
Keelty laid the “blame” for electing Donald Trump squarely at the feet of “white people,” and explained that the safety pins were yet another example of white people “calling themselves allies while doing nothing to help”:
“We don’t get to make ourselves feel better by putting on safety pins and self-designating ourselves as allies.
And make no mistake, that’s what the safety pins are for. Making White people feel better. They’ll do little or nothing to reassure the marginalized populations they are allegedly there to reassure; marginalized people know full well the long history of white people calling themselves allies while doing nothing to help, or even inflicting harm on, non-white Americans.”
He even equated the people wearing safety pins to the men who wrote a Constitution not outlawing slavery:
“Remember the white guys in the 1770s who wrote all about freedom and equality and inalienable rights? Remember how they owned and sold slaves? Yeah, if that’s the spirit you want to evoke, go ahead and wear your safety pin. I’m sure lots of white people will smile when they see it. They might even congratulate you. But immigrants and people of color will recognize it as a symbol of your privilege.”
Instead of a safety pin, Keelty suggested that white people try another avenue to prove that their “alliance”: “I recommend carrying a big sign. You can make your own, it’s easy. On the sign you should write, in big bold letters, ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER.’”
Keelty did not explain how carrying a “Black Lives Matter” sign was any less symbolic than wearing a safety pin.