They came, they spoke, but hardly anybody listened | Winston-Salem Journal

By 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Willis Lynch was once again asking me about the chances of him and the other victims of the state’s forced-sterilization program finally getting some help.

“You think they’ll do anything soon?” Willis asked me as he prepared to address Gov. Bev Perdue’s task force on the subject in Raleigh.

Probably not, I had to tell Willis, who at 77 is spending the last years of his life listening to empty promises of help from the state — and facing the very real possibility that he won’t live to see compensation for being forcibly sterilized at 14 after being wrongly diagnosed as being “feeble-minded” — just as so many other victims of this program were wrongly diagnosed.

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