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(The New York Times)   A look at the thousands of mentally challenged men who were held in indentured servitude and squalor on farms throughout Texas starting in the 1960s and finally ending in 2009   (nytimes.com) divider line 208
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2014-03-09 06:08:10 PM
Thank you for posting that, submitter.
 
2014-03-09 06:21:30 PM
 
2014-03-09 06:25:54 PM
FTFA:Mr. Henry says he is appealing the unfavorable verdict in the E.E.O.C. case. As for all those lawyers and social workers and "bureaucrats" who say the company exploited the men - well, he says, they were hoodwinked.
"They got conned," he says. "Some guys with I.Q.s of 60 and 70 conned them, and they never even knew it."


*rage twitch*

//Submitter
///took me a while to read the whole article
 
2014-03-09 06:33:56 PM
I've got a family member who is mentally quite limited. the possibility of me passing away and him ending up in the custody of Texas is actually a very real concern. never hear the legislature managing to stop annoying abortion clinics long enough to discuss disabled adults.

probably because that would require actually doing something.
 
2014-03-09 06:50:43 PM
And they say slavery ended with the Civil War.
 
2014-03-09 06:53:49 PM
You would think that electing them to Senate positions was proper recompense.
 
2014-03-09 07:13:28 PM

zedster: FTFA:Mr. Henry says he is appealing the unfavorable verdict in the E.E.O.C. case. As for all those lawyers and social workers and "bureaucrats" who say the company exploited the men - well, he says, they were hoodwinked.
"They got conned," he says. "Some guys with I.Q.s of 60 and 70 conned them, and they never even knew it."

*rage twitch*


FTFA: The 2007 time sheets for Mr. Wilkins tell the tale. No matter how many hours he worked - 163 hours in one period, 139.59 in another - his earnings were always shown to be exactly $1,041.09. And his take-home pay never exceeded $65.


They were all told that the money being taken out was building them a retirement home.  But, to the surprise of absolutely no one but the developmentally disabled, there was no home and no retirement.  He left it to the State to figure it all out when he decided to retire them involuntarily from their jobs.

All through the article, I was thinking, "Only a religious person could do the mental gymnastics required to think he did nothing wrong, and was in fact doing a good deed."

I looked Kenneth Henry up.  Turns out that, in addition to being the head of the turkey business, he's also a Director for Proctor Baptist Church.

Surprise, surprise.
 

As they say in Texas, some people are in dire need of killin'.
 
2014-03-09 07:29:16 PM

zedster: *rage twitch*


I'll second that. Thank you for submitting this.
 
2014-03-09 07:31:51 PM
There was a long article on this in the paper here this morning and it was one of the most appalling things I've ever read.
 
2014-03-09 07:35:28 PM
Not sure I needed twenty minutes of tears but their story deserved to be read so I made myself finish it.
 
2014-03-09 07:37:29 PM
The state of Texas is pure evil.

/'nuff said...
 
2014-03-09 07:37:47 PM
I watched that today, it was absolutely heartbreaking.

It made me want to be a more vigilant neighbor.
 
2014-03-09 07:40:56 PM

ksdanj: The state of Texas is pure evil.

/'nuff said...


Iowa.  They lived in Iowa.  Went to church and everything - no one did DICK for them.

But yeah, the guy who owned the company and who did this to them lived in Texas.  Still does.  He's a fine Christian man with a walker who says he did good for them and they should have been grateful.
 
2014-03-09 07:48:39 PM
It's still common practice to pay mentally and physically disabled people cents on the hour.
 
2014-03-09 08:00:05 PM

zedster: FTFA:Mr. Henry says he is appealing the unfavorable verdict in the E.E.O.C. case. As for all those lawyers and social workers and "bureaucrats" who say the company exploited the men - well, he says, they were hoodwinked.
"They got conned," he says. "Some guys with I.Q.s of 60 and 70 conned them, and they never even knew it."

*rage twitch*

//Submitter
///took me a while to read the whole article


Thanks, zedster.
 
2014-03-09 08:03:42 PM

brap: It's still common practice to pay mentally and physically disabled people cents on the hour.


The law says they can be paid a percentage of minimum, based on a test of actual job duties and how much they produce as compared to a "fully abled" worker.

I volunteered at a Goodwill center for a summer in college.  Biggest scam on earth.  Those people are treated like shiat, held to unbelievable performance standards to determine their percentage of minimum wage (can't attach price tags to clothing faster than a machine?  $2.30/hr for you!"), and the folks in charge steal everything of any value.  It was farking disgusting.
 
2014-03-09 08:15:39 PM
This is astounding.

And if you're one of these people who believes that traditional journalism has been rendered irrelevant by social media and blogs, well, you need to read this.
 
2014-03-09 08:26:15 PM

Therion: You would think that electing them to Senate positions was proper recompense.


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Or the House.
 
2014-03-09 08:30:51 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: The state of Texas is pure evil.


Like I said; the state of Texas is pure evil.
 
2014-03-09 08:35:58 PM
Who are the good guys?
 
2014-03-09 08:36:43 PM
See this coming towards you? Run for your f*cking life.
graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2014-03-09 08:46:03 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Iowa. They lived in Iowa.


Shut up. This is now a when-in-doubt-piss-on-Texas thread. Actually reading the article is no longer relevant.
 
2014-03-09 08:49:50 PM
Damn.

And I'm not normally a fan of gimmicky web pages, but the video pictures were a nice touch.
 
2014-03-09 08:58:23 PM

Walker: See this coming towards you? Run for your f*cking life.
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i have a cousin in the Atalissa / West Liberty area -- i drove her Mother up to visit one summer and stayed a couple of weeks. Was there over the 4th of July and we went to a parade -- just remember (it was in the early 80s) a lot of Shriner types -- small cars & fez hats. And clowns. When I read this earlier today, I wondered if these guys were in the parade.
 
2014-03-09 09:42:01 PM
cotton ain't gonna pick itself
 
2014-03-09 09:42:34 PM
The Bush family?
 
2014-03-09 09:47:01 PM
If they were working for slave wages and not covered by labor laws, then they were wards of the company and/or the state. The assets of all the entities involved should be used to care for the men who are still alive.
 
2014-03-09 09:47:30 PM
Oh wow that was hard to read. Thank you, Submitter.

I work with mentally disabled adults (currently all men over 55). This article made me a little sick.
 
2014-03-09 09:47:54 PM
Based on this, i suddenly believe fast food workers should all be paid $15/hour.
 
2014-03-09 09:48:13 PM
A place to live and a job should be a good thing for many disabled.  Too bad they were treated like slaves and not give a proper home.  I didn't read the whole article, but I bet the people who exploited them never admitted their wrongdoing.  Hell, they probably convinced themselves they were doing "god's work" or some bullshiat excuse.
 
2014-03-09 09:50:45 PM
I'm glad this got greenlit, even if it wasn't my submission (Bootstrapy Texan helps disabled get out of institutions and earn a living, only have it undone by bureaucrats, labor laws and fire codes).

This guy needs to be shackled up like a turkey and let his remaining victims do their jobs one last time.
 
2014-03-09 09:53:40 PM

Gulper Eel: Benevolent Misanthrope: Iowa. They lived in Iowa.

Shut up. This is now a when-in-doubt-piss-on-Texas thread. Actually reading the article is no longer relevant.


Uh... Welcome to Fark?
 
2014-03-09 09:55:09 PM
This was front page center of the NYT today. This was years old, but in the light, in case anyone had forgotten. Six bucks for a Sunday paper? No wonder they're going under.
 
2014-03-09 09:56:19 PM
And these guys had it easy compared to a Mexican caught on this side of the border and 'employed' rather than sent back.
 
2014-03-09 09:57:45 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: brap: It's still common practice to pay mentally and physically disabled people cents on the hour.

The law says they can be paid a percentage of minimum, based on a test of actual job duties and how much they produce as compared to a "fully abled" worker.

I volunteered at a Goodwill center for a summer in college.  Biggest scam on earth.  Those people are treated like shiat, held to unbelievable performance standards to determine their percentage of minimum wage (can't attach price tags to clothing faster than a machine?  $2.30/hr for you!"), and the folks in charge steal everything of any value.  It was farking disgusting.


I think you mean beautiful beautiful Capitalism.

Imagine if the we're no federal laws and all workers could be profited from like that!

A libertarian dream
 
2014-03-09 09:59:19 PM

Marcus Aurelius: And they say slavery ended with the Civil War.


The State reserved the right to put people in involuntary servitude, though.
 
2014-03-09 09:59:33 PM
Well thank God for these men. After all, as suggested near the beginning of the article, if it weren't for them, Obama wouldn't be on his crusade for the hike in minimum wage. This was the New York Times, right?
 
2014-03-09 10:00:36 PM
If I were a Texan, I'd be on my best behavior. Meaning I'd move to Ohio. And start a meal delivery and dog walking and reading service for the elderly gay community with Alzheimer's. And I would read to them Henry Miller novels. But I would change the names and situations so the sex scenes in the novels were homosexual.

/sick of Texas and stories about Texans
 
2014-03-09 10:02:14 PM

TheHighlandHowler: There's a POV video as well


That's not the usual POV video I'm used to.
 
2014-03-09 10:02:14 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: zedster: FTFA:Mr. Henry says he is appealing the unfavorable verdict in the E.E.O.C. case. As for all those lawyers and social workers and "bureaucrats" who say the company exploited the men - well, he says, they were hoodwinked.
"They got conned," he says. "Some guys with I.Q.s of 60 and 70 conned them, and they never even knew it."

*rage twitch*


FTFA: The 2007 time sheets for Mr. Wilkins tell the tale. No matter how many hours he worked - 163 hours in one period, 139.59 in another - his earnings were always shown to be exactly $1,041.09. And his take-home pay never exceeded $65.

They were all told that the money being taken out was building them a retirement home.  But, to the surprise of absolutely no one but the developmentally disabled, there was no home and no retirement.  He left it to the State to figure it all out when he decided to retire them involuntarily from their jobs.

All through the article, I was thinking, "Only a religious person could do the mental gymnastics required to think he did nothing wrong, and was in fact doing a good deed."

I looked Kenneth Henry up.  Turns out that, in addition to being the head of the turkey business, he's also a Director for Proctor Baptist Church.

Surprise, surprise.
 

As they say in Texas, some people are in dire need of killin'.


And you mean to say there was never no Mouse Circus for Mr. Jingles to go to? Tell me again about the rabbits, George.
 
2014-03-09 10:02:28 PM

shtychkn: Benevolent Misanthrope: brap: It's still common practice to pay mentally and physically disabled people cents on the hour.

The law says they can be paid a percentage of minimum, based on a test of actual job duties and how much they produce as compared to a "fully abled" worker.

I volunteered at a Goodwill center for a summer in college.  Biggest scam on earth.  Those people are treated like shiat, held to unbelievable performance standards to determine their percentage of minimum wage (can't attach price tags to clothing faster than a machine?  $2.30/hr for you!"), and the folks in charge steal everything of any value.  It was farking disgusting.

I think you mean beautiful beautiful Capitalism.

Imagine if the we're no federal laws and all workers could be profited from like that!

A libertarian dream


Well, let's hear it for Socialism or Communism then. Under those systems, these men would've been eliminated early on.
 
2014-03-09 10:03:49 PM

fusillade762: Therion: You would think that electing them to Senate positions was proper recompense.

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Or the House.


Governor

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2014-03-09 10:06:17 PM
Texas.
Beers\steers\n queers

The entire Bush family can go to hell.

Hell's waitin'

You assholes.

DRTFA
 
2014-03-09 10:10:03 PM
Mr. Berg has never returned to the ranch in Goldthwaite, where Kenneth Henry now clatters his walker down the darkened hall of the never-completed retirement home, wishing that he had done some things differently, but still very proud of how his company empowered the men.

Frankly, Mr Henry can go DIAF.
 
2014-03-09 10:12:58 PM
The only goddamn things good about Texass are LBJ, Houston (MCC), and Austin.

I wonder what that ol' presidential asshole woulda thought of this.
 
2014-03-09 10:13:31 PM
Several have been serving in the state legislature.
 
2014-03-09 10:14:16 PM

August11: If I were a Texan, I'd be on my best behavior. Meaning I'd move to Ohio. And start a meal delivery and dog walking and reading service for the elderly gay community with Alzheimer's. And I would read to them Henry Miller novels. But I would change the names and situations so the sex scenes in the novels were homosexual.

/sick of Texas and stories about Texans


as mentioned above, submittard got the state wrong....Iowa, not Texas

/ sorry to hear about this tragedy, but dogpiling on Texas doesn't make this right

// but if it makes the lesser states feel better about themselves, feel free

/// 'cause no one here will waste one second clutching pearls over your opinion....and Austin sucks, don't move there
 
2014-03-09 10:17:18 PM
Holy fark.

Well done article on a sickening injustice.
 
2014-03-09 10:19:14 PM
This started in Texas in the 1960's, but continued in Iowa for 40 years. I'm not sure how Texas authorities are culpable for abuses that happened in Iowa.
 
2014-03-09 10:20:08 PM

voodoomedic: as mentioned above, submittard got the state wrong....Iowa, not Texas

/ sorry to hear about this tragedy, but dogpiling on Texas doesn't make this right

// but if it makes the lesser states feel better about themselves, feel free

/// 'cause no one here will waste one second clutching pearls over your opinion....and Austin sucks, don't move there


They  were in Texas... Until the Texans shipped them to Iowa.  Jebus, read the article.
 
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