Forcibly Sterilized by the State of North Carolina? Too Bad, Say Senate Republicans

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.

But apparently spending state money to compensate victims of a very recent state initiative was just too much to ask of Senate Republicans. Sen. Don East said, "I'm so sorry it happened, but throwing money don't change it, don't make it go away. It still happened."

He's so sorry. But also: fuck you.

Sen. Austin Allrand echoed East's dickhole sentiments, telling the AP, "I'm not so sure it would lay the issue at rest because if you start compensating people who have been ‘victimized' by past history, I don't know where that would end."

Because if people like Elaine Riddick — who was raped as a young girl and then forcibly sterilized by the state of North Carolina after she gave birth to her rapist's child — ask for handouts, then where does it end? Before you know it, people who came to the state on vacation only to experience terrible weather during their visit will be asking for giant settlements! We simply cannot afford to fairly compensate the victims of our own fuckery!

I need a drink.

[TPM]