A plan to compensate some of the estimated 7,600 victims of the state of North Carolina's forced sterilization program has been stalled in the state's Senate by Republicans who are terribly, terribly sorry that it happened, but who just don't understand how money will help solve anything. There there, now. Please accept this miniature state flag and an autographed copy of a raised middle finger as a token of how little North Carolina Senate conservatives care about the mostly poor minorities who were victimized by the state.
Between 1929 and 1974, the North Carolina Eugenics Board sterilized thousands of men and women without their knowledge or consent, most of whom were poor, black, disabled, institutionalized, or undereducated. According to TPM, an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 of them are still alive, and 146 of them have been found and verified. After years of working with victims to come up with an acceptable solution, the state's House, led by Republican speaker Thom Tillis, proposed paying $50,000 to each of the living victims of the state's foray into messing with the gene pool. A total of $10 million was set aside for currently known and to-be-discovered victims.
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