Eugenics

Local News
5:07 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

442 Seek Eugenics Compensation

The state of North Carolina has received 442 applications for compensation from people who say they’re victims of the state’s decades-long eugenics program.

Last year, state lawmakers agreed to set aside 10 million dollars to be divided out among living, verified victims of the program which ended in the 1970s.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Eugenics In North Carolina And Victim Compensation

Elaine Riddick was a victim of North Carolina's forced sterilization program.

North Carolina has received plenty of negative attention nationally for things happening in the legislature. But we're also making news for another reason. North Carolina will spend $10 million to compensate victims of a state-sponsored sterilization program, making it the first state in the country to do so. It's an effort to make reparations for what was one of the most extensive and longest-running eugenics programs. Between 1929 and 1974, the state sterilized 7,600 people because they were considered "feeble minded," promiscuous or otherwise socially or mentally unfit, even some single women on welfare. It's a feat that only happened because of something rather uncommon these days - bi-partisanship. We'll talk with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle about the process and hear from a recipient of that compensation - a sterilization victim, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
10:40 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

N.C. Becomes First State To Compensate Eugenics Victims

Janice Black (right) with her friend and caretaker Sadie Long at their home in Charlotte.

More than 30 states once had eugenics laws, but North Carolina's were particularly aggressive. Some 7,600 men, women and children were sterilized by the state's eugenics board. After the 1960s, the victims were mostly black. Often they were mentally ill or disabled. In many cases they were ordered sterilized simply because they were poor and on welfare.

Now North Carolina has gone further than any other state in attempting to make amends.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Should We Right Past Wrongs?

Elaine Riddick was a victim of forced sterilization and is hoping to be compensated by the state.

  The North Carolina Eugenics program that ended in 1974 has been the subject of efforts by state officials to compensate victims for the forced sterilization that occurred here from 1929-1974. Former Governor Mike Easley formally apologized for the actions of state leaders from that time several years ago, but reparations efforts have so far failed. Some of the arguments in the reparations debate were that paying the victims will not right the wrong that had been done to them. Today, we'll discuss the ethics of reparation, and whether today's generation has an obligation to right the wrongs of previous generations.

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Local News
3:47 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Eugenics Compensation Facing Early Legislative Hurdles

NC Eugenics Victim Elaine Riddick reacts to a legislative hearing on compensation for victims in 2012.
Julie Rose

An effort to compensate living victims of North Carolina's now-defunct eugenics program is facing early opposition as lawmakers prepare to meet. Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger Wednesday said he doesn't support the plan as it was proposed last year and hasn't brought it up with his Republican colleagues. 

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NC Eugenics Victims, Advocates Wonder What Next?
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NC Eugenics Victims, Advocates Wonder What Next?

Old newspaper clippings about NC's eugenics program. Phtoto: Julie Rose

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Eugenics Compensation Absent From State Budget
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Eugenics Compensation Absent From State Budget

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NC House OK's Pay For Eugenics Victims
6:31 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

NC House OK's Pay For Eugenics Victims

Update on Forced Sterilization in NC
1:00 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Update on Forced Sterilization in NC

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Lawmakers Advance Bill To Compensate NC Eugenics
6:31 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Lawmakers Advance Bill To Compensate NC Eugenics Victims

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