(Make up for discussion 12-1-11)
After reading about the eugenics movement in the United States, I have looked further into this horrifying part of our recent history. Recently in North Carolina, victims of involuntary sterilizations during the eugenics movement have been speaking out and demanding justice. One woman in particular stands out nationally with her tragic story.
Elaine Riddick was only 13 when she was raped and impregnated by a neighbor in Winfall, North Carolina. Immediately after giving birth, the doctors brought her to another room and sterilized her. The doctors claimed her to be "feeble-minded" and "promiscuous". This happened in 1967.
Elaine has recently been speaking out, taking her case to court and grabbing the nation's attention with her only son by her side. She managed to go to college and raise a successful son by herself, contradicting what the doctors claimed her to be.
North Carolina is now trying to find a way to pay the hundreds of victims still alive today for what the state has taken away from them. I think it's great how they are acknowledging their wrong and trying to help those they've damaged physically and emotionally, but how can they make up for what's been done to these people with money?