The concept of "allyship" has been making the rounds in progressive political circles for a few years. It seems easy, but doing the work of a real ally can be hard.
Being an ally means you want to take part in activism even though you are not a member of the group being oppressed. If you are white, you want to support people of color protesting racism. If you are straight, you want to support the LGBTQ community's fight for equality.
How that support plays out is where things get complicated. Is it a Facebook post, ormarching with Black Lives Matter, or taking your racist aunt to task at Thanksgiving dinner? In the wake of Donald Trump's election, wearing safety pins has emerged as a way to show support and solidarity to people who feel most threatened by Trump's agenda.
Writer and activist Lara Witt is not impressed by the safety pin movement. In her recent article on Medium.com, "Your Safety Pins Are Not Enough," Witt challenges anyone who thinks that a safety pin equals effective activism. "The safety pin is a band-aid on a broken arm," she says. "It's not going to do very much."
This week on The Remix we talk to Witt about the reaction to her article, and how she thinks we can all be better allies.