Re: Female inmates sterilized without approval
N.C. Sterilization Victims To Receive $10 Million In Compensation
Still scandalous what happened to these victims.
Between 1929 and 1974, North Carolina forcibly sterilized thousands of men, women, and children — part of a larger eugenics movement that believed traits such as violence and alcoholism were genetic and could be removed.
Many of the victims were African-American and female, including Elaine Riddick (pictured center). In 1967, a 13-year-old Riddick was raped and impregnated. The state had her sterilized immediately after she gave birth to a baby boy, with doctors cutting up and tying her Fallopian tubes.
She was never informed about the procedure.
According to Riddick’s records, the state sterilized her because they saw her as “feebleminded” and “promiscuous.”
But she was raped.
Still, Riddick believes the money isn’t enough:
“People need to know that injustice was done towards them and they need to be compensated for that,” she added.
Agree. Money won't undo the damage.
North Carolina became one of the first states to publicly apologize for the eugenics program in 2002. It was one of 31 states to have practiced the program.
What these states did was barbaric.
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