First payments issued to NC eugenics victims

Posted October 27, 2014

— Payments went out Monday to 220 people who were sterilized under North Carolina's erstwhile eugenics program.

“Today is a day of reconciliation and healing,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. "While no amount of money could undo the wrong that was done to these victims, I hope these payments bring some solace in their acknowledgment that the actions of the Eugenics Board were wrong. This is a new day for us all and brings us nearer to closing one of North Carolina’s darkest chapters.”

Lawmakers last year set aside $10 million in the state budget to provide compensation to victims of the eugenics program, which ran between 1929 and 1974.

The state Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims received 780 claim forms from potential victims by the June 30 deadline to apply for compensation. By early August, the state Industrial Commission, which handles all tort claims against the state and is responsible for determining whether a claimant is eligible for compensation, had approved about 180 of the applications for payment.

Those denied compensation can supply more medical information and go through several rounds of appeals with the Industrial Commission and the state Court of Appeals to obtain payment.

As many as 1,800 sterilization victims may still be alive, officials have said. Families of victims who died before June 30, 2013, aren't eligible for compensation.


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  • Classified Oct 28, 2014

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    Good one!

  • Atheistinafoxhole Oct 28, 2014

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    Including corporations?

  • Tammy Rush Oct 28, 2014
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    The reparations program was started with an executive order issued by Bev Perdue. McCrory is simply continuing it.

  • glarg Oct 28, 2014

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    Please learn your history.

    FDR and the New Deal were elected by 80-90% of the vote in places like Georgia and Louisiana. 97% in Mississippi and and astonishing 98.5% in South Carolina. Kennedy won Georgia by 63%- more than he got in Massachusetts.

    Both Woodrow Wilson and FDR were at the infamous Madison Square Garden Democrat Convention called the Klan Bake where there were burning crosses in New Jersey. Thats the Klan rallying 10,000 Democrats in New York City.

    The Democrats can adopt a "oh those guys" attitude for the Southern Democrats since they were the powerhouse for the party for nearly the entire century.

    Main Democrat characters like Woodrow Wilson, FDR and JFK all owe their Presidencies to the Southern Democrats so its a little late to be getting squeamish now.

  • Tammy Rush Oct 28, 2014
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    Please learn your history. Southern Democrats back then were Dixiecrats, akin to the GOP of today.

  • Grand Union Oct 28, 2014

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    Yes the Democrats of the time were to blame for this.....but what you conveniently forget to tell us, is that they were the Dixiecrats who are now the Tea Party Republicans. Its people like you that did this, not the present day Democrats. And Republicans are not fixing anything.....and largely opposed these payments in any case.....this is a laughably small compensation for a horrendous crime by the State.

  • ospreysilver Oct 28, 2014

    This is a classic PR move, advertise that NC is setting a precedent by paying back victims of sterilization, but knowing only a fraction of the victims will have family who are aware of what was done to them and willing to fill out a claim. 10 million is only 5k max per victim and government programs never pay out the max, so I bet there is money left over. Asking mentally handicapped to fill out claims forms and respond to news publications; why not adverise benefit signs for the blind or tell the elderly they have access to free Meds, they just need to Download an PDF, convert to MS Word doc, complete app, key electronic signature, and upload to state server.

  • Lysander Oct 28, 2014

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    That wouldn't be happening if government, in it's infinite stupidity, hadn't forced this on other humans to begin with.

  • gardnerst20022002 Oct 27, 2014

    Eugenics was advocated by many prominent people worldwide during that time frame. George Bernard Shaw and Margaret Sanger among them. The latter being the famous abortion proponent.

  • jmcdow2792 Oct 27, 2014

    This is a good thing. It should have been done long ago.