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By atreides (Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 09:22:28 PM EST) (all tags)
No, those aren't lyrics. That's the primary thought.

So last night, I was puttering around on the Bookface when I get a friend request from a woman I don't recognize. After thinking about it for a bit, I accept it so I can find more information about this person and decide whether or not to unfriend. Within a minute of the acceptance, I get a message from said person asking me to call her. Turns out it was a cousin who I haven't spoken to in about 5 years. We talked about some things and stuff and it was a really helpful conversation from a genealogical perspective. I learned some interesting things since she grew up with more of the family than I did and got more of the stories and whatnot. She even had pictures of my grandfather I had never seen and one of my great-grandfather. It was reciprocal because I've actually done the physical research so I know certain things she would never know if she had not looked at the actual pieces of paper. But the real note was one of the stories she told me...

You see, I have a few cousins in that branch of the family. I hadn't thought about it until this was brought up but this cousin I was speaking to is the only one who is not adopted or who's parent was not adopted. She is, as far as I know, the only person in this family branch who is a blood descendant of the line. And she told me why. You see, according to a family story she was told, Gonzales was a big spot for the Klan when our grandparents were young. Many influential members of the community were associated with them. Supposedly, some of these members, along with local doctors, decided that there were too many blacks in the area and started offering black patients "birth control".

And by "birth control", I mean vasectomies and hysterectomies.

My grandfather and all but one of his siblings (my cousin's grandmother) received "birth control" at some point in their lives. Now, I can't confirm any of this because there's little on the Intertubes about Gonzales at those times, but, if it's true, I'm not even sure what to think. I do know that I want to go to Gonzales and poke around even more than I did before.

And that's all I have to say about that for now...

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Hope you don't mind... by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 08:53:21 AM EST
But I shot the link to this story to TNC at The Atlantic. It's right up his alley.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

this is why... by gzt (4.00 / 2) #2 Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 09:06:03 AM EST
...people should write notes to accompany friend requests. "I am your cousin," would have sufficed.

offering or forcing ? by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 10:35:15 AM EST
not that there's much difference if you're exploiting ..

And, more importantly, was there full disclosure? by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Aug 13, 2011 at 11:50:37 AM EST
It's one thing to offer such services as "birth control" and another thing to offer such services as "permanent birth control." I can see far more youngsters signing up if the doctors offering these services never stopped to ask, "you realize that this means you will never have children, right?"

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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