May 21, 2014 - Signs of overt racism still are all around us, be it a New Hampshire police commissioner’s use of an ethnic slur to describe President Obama or an NBA team owner’s disturbing remarks about black athletes and fans. By now, we all know the drill, the media calls these people out for their ugly words and we play our parts, shaking our heads in sad disbelief — then return to our daily lives.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, thinks it’s time for a bold step to change the way we talk and think about race in America. read more w/transcript>>>
CHARLOTTE — 05/23/2014 - Some 43 years ago, Janice Black of Charlotte underwent a procedure that would prevent her from ever becoming a mother.
She's one of more than 7,000 people who either through force or coercion were sterilized as part of North Carolina Eugenics Board Program between 1929 and 1974.
“They didn't really tell me what they really were doing, you know what I'm saying. All they really were saying was that they were taking me to the hospital,” said Black, now 62.
Black was 18 in 1971 when she was deemed mentally retarded by the state. She then unknowingly signed a form allowing doctors to sterilize her. She's one of less than 200 estimated survivors of the eugenics program. read more>>>