More incremental progress may take place today in the state’s glacier-like movement to atone for the mid-century “eugenics” scandal.
The House Education Committee is expected to take up legislation that would, among other things, direct a state agency to work to identify survivors and require the State Board of Education to include instruction about the state’s forced sterilization program in the K-12 curriculum. State officials already dedicated an historical marker last month in Raleigh that contains information about the injustice.
If this legislation passes, all that will remain is for officials to do the the one thing that would really make a bit of a difference in the lives of those harmed: to enact an appropriation compensating them with at least a modest sum of money.
Such an appropriation would have a real cost at a time of tight budgets (perhaps $18 million or so) and be far from a perfect solution, but each day that goes by without it is another day in which this horrific scandal continues unresolved.