I agree! I was a bit too young to know first hand at the time. But, why wasn’t I taught about it in school, at home, in life as I grew older. Did I just not commit it to memory? Was it too short on the news cycle? What else is there, that I should know but don’t?!
It’s true that many such shameful parts of history are never highlighted. I was shocked too to learn about a phase in my history when sterilization was forced or people were coerced into getting it done.
I was recently at a political meeting where a woman put forth this idea for the party platform: Poor people should not be allowed to have children since studies show poor children have a much harder time in life across many measures. Forced sterilization for the parents. I was astounded. However, not one other person, except the proponent, voted for this.