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OfflineAdamist
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State Secret: Thousands Secretly Sterilized
    #4184051 - 05/16/05 10:13 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

N..C. Woman Among 65,000 Sterilized by Gov't., Often Without Their Knowledge, in 20th Century

WINDFALL, N.C., May 15, 2005; Beneath the surface of this Southern town, with its lush evergreens and winding riverbanks, is a largely forgotten legacy of pain, secrecy and human indignity.

"My heart still bleeds, and it will forever bleed, because of what had happened to me," local resident Elaine Riddick said.

Riddick was one of thousands of people secretly sterilized by the state between 1929 and 1974.

From the early 1900s to the 1970s, some 65,000 men and women were sterilized in this country, many without their knowledge, as part of a government eugenics program to keep so-called undesirables from reproducing.

"The procedures that were done here were done to poor folks," said Steven Selden, professor at the University of Maryland. "They were thought to be poor because they had bad genes or bad inheritance, if you will. And so they would be the focus of the sterilization."


Sterilized Without Her Knowledge

Riddick was raped and became pregnant at the age of 13. Social workers labeled her promiscuous and too feeble-minded to ever be a responsible parent. So, after giving birth in 1968, Riddick was sterilized without being told.

She learned the truth years later, when she married and tried to have more children.

"They took so much away from me," Riddick said. "They took away my spirit and my soul."

North Carolina sterilized close to 8,000 women in hospitals across the state.

Even though the practice ended more than 30 years ago, some say the time has come to make amends. North Carolina was one of the first states out of 33 that once practiced sterilization to offer an apology. State Rep. Larry Womble is crafting a bill to provide financial reparations.

Some wonder where the state will get the money. "They say, 'Well, we can't afford it,' " said Womble, a Democrat. "Well, we cannot not afford it."

Riddick went on to earn a college degree and raise the son she had at 14. He now is an engineering consultant.

"I thank you, God, for giving me my child," she said.

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Health/story?id=708780


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Re: State Secret: Thousands Secretly Sterilized [Re: Adamist]
    #4184070 - 05/16/05 10:16 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Ironically enough, I was reading about this only a few days ago. At the Nuremburg Trials or such, as a defense Nazi Germany even said that they got the idea of eugenics and involuntary sterilization from America, who was the original oppressor of the time.

America has a dark history that most of its citizens don't even know about.


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Re: State Secret: Thousands Secretly Sterilized [Re: Adamist]
    #4184074 - 05/16/05 10:17 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

I read that article earlier today. If they would sterilize these people just because of their race, what would stop them from releasing an "incurable" virus such as HIV to rid us of others they see unfit for life?


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Re: State Secret: Thousands Secretly Sterilized [Re: Ravus]
    #4184081 - 05/16/05 10:18 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Quote:

Ravus said:
America has a dark history that most of its citizens don't even know about.




Even worse: We have an even darker present that most citizens don't even know about.


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Re: State Secret: Thousands Secretly Sterilized [Re: DNKYD]
    #4184684 - 05/17/05 01:39 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

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DNKYD said:
I read that article earlier today. If they would sterilize these people just because of their race, what would stop them from releasing an "incurable" virus such as HIV to rid us of others they see unfit for life?




Depending on how paranoid you are, maybe they have already done that... it's called AIDs...  :sad:


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Re: State Secret: Thousands Secretly Sterilized [Re: Adamist]
    #4184700 - 05/17/05 01:44 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

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America has a dark history that most of its citizens don't even know about.





yeah, a dark history that most will never know about, and probably prefer it that way.


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