Not a Joke

The New York Times published an article titled “The Case for Gay Reparations.”

I’m thinking, how about fat reparations? Fat people suffer a lot, just ask Melissa McEwan. Or ugly reparations. It’s hard to be hideous! The women reparations, the short-statured men reparations, the victims-of-school-bullying reparations.

Everybody gets free money! And a victimhood ribbon!

This is what happens when the concept of civil rights is expanded from addressing a single, uniquely tragic experience such as slavery to include everybody who happens to have an identity they share with people who might have experienced unpleasantness a few decades ago. (I know, confusing. But there’s no other way to put it.) The article’s author so easily appropriates the language of the discussions about slavery that it becomes clear that he sees nothing in it but a good excuse to get free money. And that’s not funny.

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6 thoughts on “Not a Joke”

    1. Shakti, the daily dose of snark is getting tiresome. Whatever is going on in your life that is negative, I’m truly, sincerely sorry. But I’m not causing it.

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  1. “unpleasantness”
    In 2016, Germany announced it would make financial reparations from a fund of 30 million euros to anyone convicted under Paragraph 175, a provision in the German criminal code that was employed by the Nazi regime to force homosexuals into concentration camps and that remained on the books until 1994. A reported 140,000 people were arrested under Paragraph 175, though only about 5,000 of them were still living in 2016. The government also pledged to expunge the records of some 50,000 people jailed because of their sexual orientation….
    Canada’s apology was preceded by a report written by the country’s leading gay rights organization chronicling systemic anti-gay discrimination and accompanied by a payout of $85 million to the victims of the so-called gay purge, a policy of government-sanctioned discrimination that lasted until the 1990s and that caused thousands to lose their jobs and face prosecution…
    President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1953 Executive Order 10450, which called for the expulsion of homosexuals from all levels of the federal government…

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  2. I think that if gay reparations were approved, the percentage of Americans identifying as gay or queer might skyrocket overnight! LOL. Even now, lots of people are becoming eager to identify as queer (e.g., genderqueer, non-binary, agender, etc.) As another blogger put it, “Are you queer, or are you just exhausting?”

    The idea of gay reparations is just absolutely silly. I wonder how the SJW crowd would react to this demand. Here’s where identity politics gets tricky. If Dan Savage, a non-Hispanic, white gay man, had written this piece, the SJW crowd would probably become outraged over a white man’s comparison of gay oppression to slavery. And I’d agree–nothing is comparable to slavery in U.S. history. But the author of this article is Hispanic, so are the SJWs allowed to get upset?

    I’m so tired of the silliness of identity politics that I see on a daily basis, where you can no longer tell if an newspaper article is from the NYT or the Onion.

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    1. Absolutely. I had to check if this was a parody section and the author was trying to make fun of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s famous (and brilliant) article on reparations.

      The author seems to miss the crucial point that African Americans are descendants of slaves. But today’s gay people aren’t all descendants of gays. The Spanish law of Historic Memory does offer an apology and compensation to the gay people who were persecuted by the dictatorship. And that’s the right thing to do. But it doesn’t compensate somebody born gay in the Democratic Spain of the last 40 years for the suffering of those gays.

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