For the past couple of years, the front page of the New York Times has been dedicated to something that didn’t happen, and the opinion section seems to be the place to make the case for things that will never happen. On Friday, the Times gave the bullhorn to Omar G. Encarnación, a — you’ll never believe this — professor who thinks the United States should seriously consider gay reparations.
New demands for reparations — gay reparations. From NYT: https://t.co/wtmqeav4xp
— Byron York (@ByronYork) June 15, 2019
Would you also believe President Trump fits into all this?
The Trump administration has also displayed a keen hostility toward the gay community. Early on, all references to L.G.B.T. people were erased from government websites, including the 2017 apology issued by Secretary of State John Kerry for “decades of prejudice” toward gay and lesbians at the State Department. This month, the Trump administration rejected requests to fly the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay pride, at American embassies during the month of June, a practice begun by the Obama administration as a sign of America’s support for L.G.B.T. rights.
Despite these daunting obstacles, gay reparation is a struggle worth pursuing. Although it remains a relatively new phenomenon, it has so far shown itself to be a useful tool for restoring dignity for those victimized by discriminatory policies and for allowing countries to close long and painful chapters of homosexual repression. At the same time, gay reparation can serve to familiarize and sensitize the public about the injustices of the past, especially a new generation of L.G.B.T. people in the West who have mainly known freedom in their lifetimes.
At the same time, gay reparation can also serve to further divide the nation, pitting the LGBT community against millions of citizens who’ve never done it any harm whatsoever.
So glad this came out. It underscores the idiocy of the whole discussion.
— Dave Johnson (@davecsfb) June 15, 2019
YAY! The absurdity of this should be the death knell of all reparation attempts.
— Ucnide Urens (@ucnide) June 15, 2019
This is ridiculous. Gay men are one of the most financially set groups of people in the entire world.
— FieldRoamer (@FieldRoamer) June 15, 2019
I was offended once……when do I get my check? Money doesn't change behavior, education and awareness does.
— Jody Roffi (@JodyRoffi) June 15, 2019
I wore a pink shirt once and didn’t know because I’m colorblind, still have PTSD, that counts right?
— jim palmer (@spiv) June 15, 2019
Well, if you can’t beat’em, join’em. Give me my female reparations, then. When everyone’s a victim, no one is a victim. https://t.co/kNx3qNgw1V
— MarcyJMiller (@MarcyJMiller) June 15, 2019
What about red-headed stepchildren- can they get something for their pain and suffering?
— K (@kmorgan24) June 15, 2019
The MOST maligned and discriminated against people, in The History of The 🌎!!!
(I am one.)
— Paul Bastkowski (@PaulyBowz) June 15, 2019
I say baldy reparations. I could use a million.
— Bucky Fox (@buckyfox) June 15, 2019
Unbelievable. I hope they do reparations for short people
— Paige Carney (@Jerseygirl1951) June 15, 2019
I was called the fat friend in school (I wasn’t fat) which led to body dysmorphia and decades of battles with eating disorders and depression. So do I get reparations from those bullies? Or the school system for allowing it to happen? Smh at this this logic 🙄
— Casey Griffith (@imbusyfilming) June 15, 2019
I wore glasses as a child and was called 4 eyes. What about reparations for those that had to wear glasses as children? Was also called fatso. Double my reparations please.
— Orrin (@oinchats) June 15, 2019
I had blonde hair as a child and I want reparations because the black kids on the school bus bullied me. A nice new Tesla will do the trick.
— MAGA-Forever (@JohnMeiers5) June 15, 2019
Do the reparations I get paid for being gay cancel out the reparations I have to pay for being white?
— Michael Barger (@MichaelBarger1) June 15, 2019
If this means I get a Gov. check. No taxes, free education just because I'm gay, I'm down.
— Rick (@PhantasmicRick) June 15, 2019
I think we should all pay reparations and give extended apologies to everyone for all the bad things that happened in the past…Oh, now we’re even. Good. That was easy!
— J Mac Conmhaoil (@GoJayVA) June 15, 2019
I just want all this victim-hood and madness to stop. I guess that is too much to ask
— Chuck Warren (@SilverBulletLLC) June 15, 2019
US taxpayers are seeking reparations from US Congress.
— David (@paradise919400) June 15, 2019
The NY Times
— NEW WH PRESS SEC’Y MIKE BRESLIN (@mikebreslin815) June 15, 2019
Gay reparations? Stop, just stop with this nonsense.
— Toby T (@Tobizoid) June 15, 2019
Heteros gave you life. We'll call it even.
— David Fe39803094 (@DavidFe39803094) June 15, 2019
Let's play the analogy game: in the 50's you could be gay and white and sit at the front of the bus…
— Mr. Poon (@treadedupon) June 15, 2019
Illegal aliens reparations, those are more important
— Tom Klein 🇺🇸 (@TomKlein100) June 15, 2019
Reparations for the 300,000 non-slave owning white men from the North who died freeing the black slaves.
— Independent1 🇺🇸 (@theclew24) June 15, 2019
I want reparations for every garbage take I've seen from the NY Times.
— Mo (@moeyknight) June 15, 2019
You’d be rich.
— H.I. Mcdunnough (@GBell_07) June 15, 2019
— Mo (@moeyknight) June 15, 2019
Can we just bring John Kerry and James Taylor back out for an apology tour? It’d be like Gov. Ralph Northam’s reconciliation tour, but gay.
Swoon: Justin Trudeau apologizes for oppression of Canada's LGBTQ2 people https://t.co/Et2JdZmCO3
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 28, 2017