North Carolina Eugenics: Sterilization Program Victims Offered Funds

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Sterilization victim Lela Dunston, following a meeting of the Governor's Eugenics Compensation Task Force in North Carolina in 2012.

In the back room of a hospital, a doctor takes a scalpel and surgically removes the reproductive organs of an unwilling participant, ending an individual's chances of ever conceiving children.

The barbaric neutering sounds like something from a dystopian fiction. But it is very much a reality, a shameful era in American history that finally ended less than 40 years ago.

And only now is the state of North Carolina -- inarguably the most extreme case of forced sterilization in the United States -- attempting to right its wrongs. The state has budgeted $10 million to go to the victims of a long and relentless eugenics program.

From 1929 until 1974, an estimated 7,600 North Carolinians, men and women alike, were sterilized in a eugenics movement that swept the country, with 31 other states at some point taking part in the practice.

States like California and Virginia had the largest number of individuals sterilized, with California topping the list at 20,000, according to the Center For Investigative Reporting.

While North Carolina's numbers might pale in comparison, the state was consistently the most aggressive. Under the guise of public health and safety, North Carolina was the only state to allow social workers to designate people for sterilization, the New York Times reported.

The standards by which an individual could be forcibly sterilized in the state were also some of the most lax in the nation. Unmarried women with children, African Americans, individuals with an I.Q. under 70, the mentally ill and children from poor families were just some of the many groups all routinely sought out and sterilized.

In records obtained by the Charlotte Observer, patient notes for sterilized victims paint a by-the-book, apathetic disregard for the well being of those coming in and out of surgery.

"A woman, 24, pregnant with an out-of-wedlock child: This girl is sexually promiscuous and a pauper," reads one.

"A woman, 35, deserted by her husband years before, who has just given birth to her ninth child: She is unable to provide the barest necessities for them or to give them minimum supervision and care," reads another.

In a March 1945 article for The Charlotte News, freelance writer Evangeline Davis made the case for eugenics:

"No matter what our feelings concerning the mentally deficient, it is senseless and cruel, in the end, to permit them to procreate and bring into the world more of their kind," she wrote.

Today, 177 living victims have been verified, according to the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation.

With Wednesday's passing of $10 million to victims by lawmakers, money will be distributed equally in one-time payments to victims, the AP reports. The final amount paid to each individual will depend on how many other victims decide to come forward.

For many victims, the scars and embarrassment of being forcibly sterilized remain.

In an interview with North Carolina's WECT, Lela Dunston described the struggles she has faced. A psychological examination of Dunston at the age of 12 said Lela was in need of special education.

"They told my mother I was feebleminded," Dunston said. "And that I wasn't capable of having children."

But after Dunston had a child at the age of 14 in 1963, the Eugenics Board of North Carolina ordered doctors to sterilize her.

"God put us in this world to produce children, not get rid of them," she said. "He didn't do it so someone could take all your organs so you can't have any children."

50 years after Dunston's ordeal, North Carolina is finally taking steps to rectify a permanent wrong. But even the sizable monetary compensation that Dunston and other victims will share in won't give back what has been taken away.

North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican, told NBC News that lawmakers had done something historic.

“I hope this provides some closure to what I believe is one of the darkest chapters in the state’s history,” Tillis said.
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People chide the concept of white guilt but why does it persist? The ugly reality is that blacks were brought here and their genepool was landscaped for the greediest of purposes. What's left is what you literally ARE if you're black. Through artificial genetic selection, your existence and legacy were thoroughly manhandled and there's nothing you can ever do about it because it's just what you are and ever will be.
 

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"They told my mother I was feebleminded," Dunston said. "And that I wasn't capable of having children."

But after Dunston had a child at the age of 14 in 1963, the Eugenics Board of North Carolina ordered doctors to sterilize her.
Well, they were half right.
 

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"No matter what our feelings concerning the mentally deficient, it is senseless and cruel, in the end, to permit them to procreate and bring into the world more of their kind," she wrote.
And we're still suffering because of it. Look at the inbred royals.

"God put us in this world to produce children, not get rid of them," she said. "He didn't do it so someone could take all your organs so you can't have any children."
Truthfully, nobody likes to deal with half-wits, not even the Bobo's of the world like dealing with their own kind.
 

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People chide the concept of white guilt but why does it persist? The ugly reality is that blacks were brought here and their genepool was landscaped for the greediest of purposes. What's left is what you literally ARE if you're black. Through artificial genetic selection, your existence and legacy were thoroughly manhandled and there's nothing you can ever do about it because it's just what you are and ever will be.
Africans were brought to America as slaves 300 years ago, and now, through a program of artificial genetic selection, we have an entirely new species... African-Americans!

:eek: Eugenics!


Do you honestly think it's possible to accomplish "genetic selection" in the human species over a span of just 200 years via a "breeding program" that was haphazard at the very best?

Holy shit... who taught your biology class in high school? Jimmy the Greek?

Ugh... after you're done punching the oppressor in the mirror, you should go punch all the educators that failed you so miserably.
 

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And yes, you horseshitmouthed idiot, it's more than possible to direct genepools over the course of centuries. Familiarize yourself with the wikipedia page on animal husbandry, if you actually require a starting point for the concept.
 

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People chide the concept of white guilt but why does it persist? The ugly reality is that blacks were brought here and their genepool was landscaped for the greediest of purposes. What's left is what you literally ARE if you're black. Through artificial genetic selection, your existence and legacy were thoroughly manhandled and there's nothing you can ever do about it because it's just what you are and ever will be.
That's the most racist thing I've ever heard. And I read several quotes from Mein Kampf once.
 
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And yes, you horseshitmouthed idiot, it's more than possible to direct genepools over the course of centuries. Familiarize yourself with the wikipedia page on animal husbandry, if you actually require a starting point for the concept.
Animals tend to have far shorter lifecycles than humans and their breeding can be controlled much tighter than whatever "genetic selection" protocols black slaves in America were supposedly being bred under.

You're beyond deluded if you don't think black slaves in America were pretty much breeding like humans beings tend to breed... that is, sticking their dicks in whatever and wherever they could stick their dicks in.

You honestly think "massa" was breeding his slaves like cocker spaniels? Is that what the Nobel-award-winning professors taught you in your White Guilt Studies PhD program?

Shit... white society had FAR STRICTER breeding rules than black slaves did during colonial/pre-cival war times.

White society had all sorts of weird dating rituals and social taboos and class warfare restrictions. With the blacks slaves, about the only divide was between house Ners and field Ners. Other than that... the Ns were just fucking whatever and wherever and breeding like flies.
 
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Oh god you're fucking dumb.

Jimmy the Greek was right, everyone knows it, you don't right now because it's convenient for your horseshit political argument. Even though it isn't. But that just shows what a dumb cunt you are.
 

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Oh god you're fucking dumb.

Jimmy the Greek was right, everyone knows it, you don't right now because it's convenient for your horseshit political argument. Even though it isn't. But that just shows what a dumb cunt you are.
You're a ridiculous idiot, and I can prove it. Comments in question:

"The black is a better athlete to begin with because he's been bred to be that way, because of his high thighs and big thighs that goes up into his back, and they can jump higher and run faster because of their bigger thighs and he's bred to be the better athlete because this goes back all the way to the Civil War when during the slave trade … the slave owner would breed his big black to his big woman so that he could have a big black kid … " - Jimmy the Greek

I rest my case.
 

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Oh god you're fucking dumb.

Jimmy the Greek was right, everyone knows it, you don't right now because it's convenient for your horseshit political argument. Even though it isn't. But that just shows what a dumb cunt you are.
The only factor "massa" cared about when it came to breeding his slaves was... Mo' niggas, mo' bettah. PERIOD All he wanted was Moar slaves to picks the cottons! You give those boneheads waaaay too much credit if you think they had artificial genetic selection in their brutal little pea brains.

But you go ahead and keep on being enamored with the teachings of the learned scholar, Professor James the Greek... breed his big black buck, to his big woman, to get duh big black kid...

Go ahead and keep learning about human genetics from the blatherings of drunken degenerate gambler TV personalities from the 1970's. It certainly is fun to watch the results of your "education".
 

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The only factor "massa" cared about when it came to breeding his slaves was... Mo' niggas, mo' bettah. PERIOD

But you go ahead and keep on being enamored with the teachings of the learned scholar, Professor James the Greek... breed his big black buck, to his big woman, to get duh big black kid...

Go ahead and keep learning about human genetics from the blatherings of drunken degenerate gambler TV personalities from the 1970's. It certainly is fun to watch the results of your "education".
I have no idea what you're babbling about. My education was garnered from scientific journal articles. The only pride I have in my educators is that they taught me how to read them.
 

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I have no idea what you're babbling about. My education was garnered from scientific journal articles. The only pride I have in my educators is that they taught me how to read them.
Scientific journal articles? That sounds about as genuine as "I'm smaaart! I can do things!"
 
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