There is a safety pin campaign that has been encouraging the British public to show solidarity with immigrants following Brexit.
After the EU referendum results came out, the British are now wearing these pins with pride. With the recent increase in hate crimes due to Britain’s exit from the EU, the safety pin campaign is fighting off racism.
According to Telegraph, people are blaming the vote for Brexit as the cause for the rise of hate crimes and racist activities. The #SafetyPin hashtag was created in response against racism.
An American living in London known as Allison insisted people on Twitter to put on a safety pin to project solidarity with immigrants who live in the UK.
The safety pins are to be worn in public so potential victims of racist abuse can come up to them for aid or support in the street. Many people also posted and shared photos of themselves wearing safety pins to show support for immigrants and EU citizens online.
According to the National Police Chiefs’ Council, there has been a 57% rise in reported hate crimes compared to last month. The #Safetypin became huge on Twitter moments after Allison launched the initiative, said Mashable.
“I’m always having to remind people I’m an immigrant. You know, I’m white and speak English as a first language so I get a pass,” Allison told Indy 100. “They say ‘oh you don’t count, you’re not the kind of person we’re talking about.”
She said that her major inspiration was #ridewithme, a hashtag launched in Australia after the Sydney café siege in December 2014.
Allison did not divulge her surname. According to her, the whole ordeal of racist activities that came as a result of the Brexit vote influenced her to launch the campaign.
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