The Tragic Tale of State-Sponsored Eugenics, Made Personal UPDATED

Elaine Riddick and her son

Back on Friday, I shared some information on our nations history with you that wasn’t very pretty.  Though a lot of folks read the post, and shared the post, it should come as no surprise that not many folks “liked” the post. Given the subject matter, that is to be expected, as forced/coerced sterilizations of folks who were labeled as “undesirables” doesn’t exactly warm the cockles of our hearts. [Read more...]

The Tragic Tale of State-Sponsored Eugenics in America UPDATED

Rita Thompson Swords was sterilized by a doctor after delivering her second child. She was 21, unwed and poor, a combination that made her unfit for more children, according to the North Carolina Eugenics Board. Photo credit: Julie Rose for NPR.

There I was, making the commute home from work after a long day. The skies were overcast, yet the forecasted rain had yet to start falling. I fired up the radio, and cycled through the channels listening to a snippet of a song here, and a song there. Traffic up ahead started slowing down, making tunes like Radar Love overkill as speeds dipped below 30 miles per hour.

So as the traffic congestion caused brake lights to flicker, I flipped the channel to NPR and learned that the state of North Carolina had once had a eugenics board in place, sterilizing “undesirables” from 1929 until 1973. Close to 8,000 procedures were done.

Whoa. [Read more...]


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