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NC Senate To Victims Of Forced Sterilization: Too Bad, So Sad

There's no war on women, just surgical strikesHeroes of fiscal discipline in North Carolina have made an astonishing discovery: paying compensation to the victims of a horrible crime does not actually make that crime un-happen in the past! Because of this ironclad law of physics, Republicans in the North Carolina Senate blocked an attempt to compensate surviving victims of the state’s eugenics program — for which compensation the NC House had authorized $10 million — because really, what good would money do to make up for their being forcibly sterilized decades ago? “You just can’t rewrite history. It was a sorry time in this country,” said alleged human being and state Sen. Don East (R). “I’m so sorry it happened, but throwing money don’t change it, don’t make it go away. It still happened.” (Excellent use of the passive voice there — we guess mistakes were made!) Besides, in 2002, then-Gov. Mike Easley issued a one-sentence apology that said it was a “regrettable episode in North Carolina’s past,” for godssakes, so what do these people even WANT?

Between 1929 and 1974, the North Carolina Eugenics Board sterilized about 7600 people to improve humanity; surprisingly, most of them were poor, black, disabled, or institutionalized. (Fun fact! For the program’s first 30 years, twice as many whites as blacks were sterilized. From 1960 to 1969, though, that reversed, almost as if North Carolina were using sterilization as a means of controlling the Negro Problem!) Consider the case of Elaine Riddick, who was 13 when she was raped by a neighbor and became pregnant. The NC Eugenics Board decided that she was “feebleminded” and almost certain to be promiscuous, because why else would a 13 year old go and get herself raped? The Board wrote at the time:

“Because of Elaine’s inability to control herself, and her promiscuity — there are community reports of her ‘running around’ and out late at night unchaperoned — the physician has advised sterilization…This will at least prevent additional children from being born to this child who cannot care for herself, and can never function in any way as a parent.”

Bonus points to anyone who can find a substantial difference between that statement and the asshats who suggest maybe women on welfare should get their tubes tied. (Haha, trick question–there is no difference!)

So after Riddick gave birth to her son Tony in 1968, the state got her illiterate mother to put an “X” on a consent form, and then a doctor cut and cauterized Riddick’s fallopian tubes. She didn’t even know what had been done to her until she was 19. This all was done to an American citizen in the Greatest Country in the World.

In 2010, in one of the few political moves that reflect honor on the state, NC Governor Bev Perdue established the Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation, which held hearings and collected information on the sterilizations. Its webpage says its mission is “to provide justice and compensate victims who were forcibly sterilized by the State of North Carolina.” Unfortunately, the other thing its website says, as of June 20, is this:

“Due to the joint legislative budget agreement to exclude state funding for compensation for victims of the state’s former Eugenics Board program, as well as continuation funding for operation of the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation, the Foundation has suspended intake of new victim verification requests.”

The Foundation will be shutting down altogether at the end of this month, in a victory for commonsense budgetary discipline, because blowing the people’s tax money on this will not change history, after all. Maybe this logic will lead to the shuttering of any number of shrines to the Confederacy, too.

Still, it’s important to keep in mind the bigger picture, according to serious thinker about history State Sen. Austin Allran (R):

“If you could lay the issue to rest, it might be one thing. But I’m not so sure it would lay the issue at rest because if you start compensating people who have been ‘victimized’ by past history, I don’t know where that would end”

In other words, The Blacks might start getting ideas. [TPM]

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110 comments

    1. Omophagist

      "And tiny American flags for all."

      "Boo!!!"

      "Abortions for some, tiny American flags for others."

      "Yay!!!"

      1. tessiee

        Although I feel compelled to point out that the anti-choice folks would boo that too, since they don't even want some to have abortions.

    1. Omophagist

      Your free government mandated sterilization is Monday at 3:30. Bring an extra pair of pants and underwear.

  1. ChernobylSoup

    On average, it takes about $300,000 to raise a kid from birth to age 18. So if you think about it, these women ought to be paying the state compensation for all the money North Carolina saved these hussies.

    1. actor212

      Damned right! Think of all that edumacation that the state wasn't going to pay for that now they don't even have to think about paying for! That ought to be worth something to the state!

  2. noodlesalad

    Every so often, I hope that there really is a Jesus like the one described in the New Testament, because the idea of these fuckers waking up on judgment day and realizing that this is the shit that's sending them south of the afterlife's Mason Dixon line for an eternal torment in Satan's Dixie seems like all the justice that we'll ever see for them.

  3. EatsBabyDingos

    Geez, they could have at least thrown in a $10 off coupon for a transvaginal ultrasound and a pack of Kools.

  4. mrpuma2u

    State Senator Austin Allrunninghismouth, you are an epic douche-bag among epic douche-bags.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      EDIT:

      "We're sorry if anybody was offended by our sterilzing them, and we regret our poor choice of eugenics methods."

  5. noodlesalad

    Joe the Plumber insists this never would have happened if the children had been armed and taught to shoot on sight as our Founding Fathers and Baby Jesus wanted it.

    1. noodlesalad

      I'm mocking his famous tomato holocaust ad, where he blamed a lack of guns for the deaths of 6 millions. Anytime there is a historical tragedy, according to Wurzelbacher, the answer is that there weren't enough guns.

  6. Indiepalin

    Maybe it's me, but a $10 million investment in time machine technology would not only solve the problem, but create a lot of jobs in the process.

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      I'll donate, if you allow me to buy a 1972 Olds Cutlass and some 1980s Microsoft and Apple stock. Oh, and maybe unload Dad's gun forty years ago this Summer.

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      If time travel were possible, somebody would have come from the future by now, and done something about the teabaggers and rightwing nutbags.

  7. scorpy1

    Allran: … ‘victimized’…

    Right, because we don't even know if any wrong was done here.
    Fuck Allran with a rusty hedgehog.

  8. SorosBot

    But now, they've moved from forcibly sterilizing women against their will to forcing women to give birth against their will, which is – well it's basically the exact same thing, ethically, and shows the same complete disgusting disregard for consent and view of women as nothing but wombs in service to the state.

  9. Chick-Fil-Atheist™

    Wow. Fucked my Friday right up, there.

    When I was a kid, my community would talk about how all them "niggers keep askin' for all this stuff, and the government keeps givin' it to 'em. There's even talk about givin 'em reparations for slavery… but not ONE of 'em was ever a slave. Hell, they're all free now, so what else are they gonna ask for?!"

    I kept thinking, "For you to quit calling them 'niggers', I guess."

      1. Chick-Fil-Atheist™

        Shouldn't be. I've got a still-store of Dari Alexander, after Ernie Anastos told the weather dude to keep fuckin' that chicken.

        deit: I now have another icon in Frankie Say Relax mode.

  10. Jus_Wonderin

    What an awesome sign. Today, we all can't believe we still have to protest this shit.

  11. widestanceromance

    Someone please tell me sterilization cannot be performed by a drone so I can pass the next open window I see.

    This is so horrible, the doctors who did it should be dug up and hit in the head with the shovel. To those not yet dead, then just shovel shampoo them and throw them in the hole with the dead ones.

  12. Monsieur_Grumpe

    I suppose we can expect the next move by this enlightened Senate will be to use the 10 million to restart the eugenics program.

    1. widestanceromance

      10 million will make a good start for a defense fund so any still-living doctors can avoid job-killing litigation.

  13. mavenmaven

    "We can't acknowledge this. If we are forced to confront the ugly things we did in the past, then we might have to confront the ugly things we are getting ready to do in the present"

  14. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    I hope this same argument will hold up in court for someone when sen Allran gets raped (allegedly) and murdered. (with votes)

  15. Dashboard Buddha

    "The state has no money anyway and the teachers would like to have a pay raise, and state employees would like to have a pay raise"

    You miserable piece of shit…pay raises for teachers and state employees? Like that would ever happen.

  16. JustPixelz

    Repubicans showing more respect for human money than human life. In other news, dog bites man.

  17. Chichikovovich

    if you start compensating people who have been ‘victimized’ by past history, I don’t know where that would end”

    A core principle of the NC government: We cannot act justly now, for if we did we might have to act justly in the future.

  18. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Who is that enchanting lady with the cool sign? She's a little old for me but I feel like she could teach me things. Important things.

    1. TribecaMike

      And those sure ain't mom jeans. More like hot English teacher jeans. Yow, the memories are flooding back!

  19. Oblios_Cap

    In other words, The Blacks might start getting ideas.

    For the love O Gawd, please don't tell the Indians about this!

    1. James Michael Curley

      Hey Ll,
      Melba was on morning TV yesterday to cook her chicken and waffles. I only saw a tease because I had to leave for work. Since it looked like they were going to prepare fried chicken and waffles, do they have smothered chicken and waffles. Cause decades ago I had that at Sylvia's and it was the first time I had seen it outside of the south.

      1. Limeylizzie

        You can get smothered chicken and waffles in Harlem at “Amy-Ruth's” on 116th between 6th and 7th, better than Sylvia's I think.

        1. James Michael Curley

          I haven’t been to Harlem since the late 80’s so Amy Ruth doesn’t sound familiar. Looked it up and it says Established 1998.

  20. Guppy

    Yes, North Carolina, why pay a compensation now when, this time next year, you could be paying compensation, a penalty, and legal fees?

    FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY!!111!!

  21. ttommyunger

    Plus, the math would be challenging, considering they are worth only 3/5ths of a Hooman.

  22. owhatever

    Oops. We meant to erase that law when Hitler passed away, but some of those little Nazi rules slipped through.

  23. Doktor Zoom

    Oh, hey, I forgot to include a rightwing meme–"That's OK, you know, when all that happened, the sate was run by DEMOCRATS"

  24. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Republicans in the North Carolina Senate blocked an attempt to compensate surviving victims of the state’s eugenics program — for which compensation the NC House had authorized $10 million — because really, what good would money do to make up for their being forcibly sterilized decades ago?

    I'm assuming that they are also cutting any funding to any program or government institution that memorializes the Civil War. After all, what is the use of putting money into remembering an act of treason over 150 years ago.

  25. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    “Because of Elaine’s inability to control herself, and her promiscuity — there are community reports of her ‘running around’ and out late at night unchaperoned — the physician has advised sterilization…This will at least prevent additional children from being born to this child who cannot care for herself, and can never function in any way as a parent.”

    The question is, does anyone have her phone number?

  26. notanncoulter

    Sometimes it makes makes you ashamed to be human, knowing the depths that some are capable of.

  27. Biel_ze_Bubba

    The important thing about Riddick's story is that a 13-year-old girl was forced to give birth to her rape-baby, just as Jeebus intended.

    1. TribecaMike

      From what I can tell, the only time Jesus showed any interest in sex was when speaking of adultery and divorce, unless that episode with the demon-infested pigs was some sort of fetish thing.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Well, there was that whole "this is my body" business, which got totally re-written the next morning.

  28. BerkeleyBear

    The North Carolina program lasted longer, but a lot of states did shit like this based on the idea that "feebleminded" women were going to destroy the gene pool. Like Reefer Madness and the Red Scare, there was this bizarre propaganda effort that slightly mentally impaired folks (especially women) were these super dangerous villains who were going to destroy civilization. They were supposedly actually much more dangerous than severely disabled people, because you couldn't spot them and they might therefore lure otherwise decent people into having sex and producing legions of uncared for feebleminded offsprings. It was in just such a context that Justice Holmes wrote his (in)famous line about "3 generations of imbeciles being enough".

    The really sad part is that the overwhelming majority of sterilized people, based on modern understandings of developmental disabilities, either wouldn't be diagnosed with any impairment or would be "success stories" for administrators of social services, since they'd be capable of living independently and forming lasting relationships. And almost certainly were at least as capable of raising children as any Palin seems to be.

    I know this is a long and too serious post, but this shit disgusts me. All the paranoia about the ACA and "death panels" drummed up by the GOP, but these fucks don't even see why a little compensation for living victims of brutal assaults might be a good thing? GAHHHHHH!

  29. valthemus

    "Maybe this logic will lead to the shuttering of any number of shrines to the Confederacy, too."

    No more comments from me today. I have some cost-saving proposals to type!

  30. Naked_Bunny

    North Carolina will also save a lot of money by closing down the courthouses and prisons. Those things can't undo crimes, so they're superfluous. Then they can finish the deal by shutting down the legislature and the executive branches since there's no point in having or enforcing laws; things just happen sometimes, and they are unfortunate, but you can't change what happened, after all. NC will finally be a conservative, libertarian paradise!

  31. OldRedneck

    THAT SIGN IS THE GREATEST SIGN I'VE EVER SEEN EVER ANYWHERE ANYTIME ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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