Thousands of people in North Carolina have carried around a painful secret. They were victims of the state's eugenics program. It's a program that sterilized 7,600 people labeled as mentally ill, mentally challenged, promiscuous or even poor. State officials estimate that nearly 3,000 of the victims are still alive. The program existed up until the late 1970s. NC Sterilization Victims Scream, Shout At Public Forum | digtriad.com What's even more insulting is how some officials in North Carolina think the issue could be settled if these victims were paid $20,000. Seriously... WTF?!