Okay, red ribbons are for AIDS; green ribbons are either anti-war or to stop child abuse or for POW-MIAs; white ribbons are either for domestic violence, gay teen suicides, or peace. Now we have black and white ribbons for clergy sex abuse.
I appreciate the thought behind the idea, but wearing ribbons has completely lost its impact. Nobody can keep track of what they’re for anymore. And if no one knows what your little ribbon means, then what’s the point of doing it. Besides, wearing a ribbon is the least effective way to aid someone or support a cause. Or it’s the least amount of work you can do to support it.
I remember last year or the year before, someone did a parody before the Academy Awards, showing a chest full of little ribbons of all colors and patterns, to highlight all the different causes the actors were “supporting.” You needed a program just to figure it out.
Of course, if you want to start your own ribbon campaign there’s the Amazing Ribbon-O-Matic!