NYT Posts Pro-Conservative Op-Ed, Promotes Gay Adoption
In a piece written by a Yale grad talking about how his experience in foster care made him conservative, it’s obvious that the New York Times only consented to publish the piece because of the conclusion that supports gay adoption.
The piece was titled Why Being a Foster Care Child Made Me Conservative and was written by Rob Henderson, who recently picked up a degree from Yale in psychology.
Off the bat I have my misgivings on the piece.
While Rob is a self-described conservative, he still has approval from the New York Times to write his own opinion piece. But let’s let him speak for himself first before swooping in.
Rob was born to a drug-addicted mother and spent five years in foster care before being adopted and then went on to be “raised in broken homes.”
Through his home life, and through his later military service with the Air Force, Robert Kim Henderson credits his experiences for how he now fashions his judgement.
In the end, he like so many others had a terrible home like as a child, but was influenced by an elementary teacher who told him that if he “applied” himself, he could change his future. When he started to bring this advice up to others, he began to wonder what it meant to be conservative and not progressive.
“For me, the answer is that people who came before us weren’t stupid. They were stunted in many ways. But not in every way. Older people have insights worthy of our attention.”
Speaking with the college paper Campus Reform, Henderson says:
“The most successful people I know from disadvantaged backgrounds share my belief that responsibility matters. They believe what they did today could change the circumstances of tomorrow.”
Specifically, Robert looks towards the “value of the two-parents family” but states that it’s not “fashionable to talk about this” and that “how people raise their children is a matter of preference.”
…which is not a logical conclusion. If the two parent household is best, then choosing to be a single parent, or rejecting two-parent families for your children isn’t just a matter of preference like it’s your favorite ice cream.
In his Yale class, Robert said that out of 25 students only two of them including himself did not grow up with both parents still married and living together, saying that it’s “no accident that most of my peers at Yale came from intact families.” As for fostered children,
“To my knowledge, among more than 5,000 undergraduates at Yale in the current school year, the number of former foster children is under 10.”
NYT Publishes a Pro-Fostering Piece, not Pro-Conservative Piece
The article unfortunately never goes into “conservatism” beyond “two parent families result in better outcomes for children.” The rest of the article focuses on Rob’s personal experience, and how he was one of the “lucky ones” who survived the experience intact.
At the end of the piece, we get to the part where Robert was adopted by a woman who had a female partner, and it was them who truly gave him a stable household:
“My adoptive mother and her partner raised me from middle school to high school in the early to mid-2000s in a rural California town called Red Bluff. They formed a stable home for me. We had family dinners every weeknight. We talked about minutiae. They would ask me, “How was school today?” And I would respond with the usual “It was fine.” They gave me unsolicited advice. I was sarcastic in response. And we loved one another.”
I experienced a stable family, if only for a few years. Though they experienced homophobia and struggled financially, they never let it get in the way of doing the right thing for their son.
We were so close to a good wholesome conservative op-ed but remember: if it’s in a liberal paper, they’re not publishing it to be your friend.
Source: Campus Reform, The New York Times