Skip to comments.Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s
Posted on 06/29/2013 6:30:34 PM PDT by Wellington VII
This weeks Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder overturned Section 4(b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which mandated federal oversight of changes in voting procedure in jurisdictions that have a history of using a test or device to impede enfranchisement. Here is one example of such a test, used in Louisiana in 1964.
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That test is trivially easy. Seriously.
That was bad.
I wonder what we gain by having illiterate people vote.
Not much different from what a gun purchaser has to go through to exercise his second amendment rights
Oh, except for this one: “Try this one: Write every other word in this first line and print every third word in same line (original type smaller and first line ended at comma) but capitalize the fifth word that you write.”
But I notice that one is not on the image from the actual test. But of course these hacks would not make something up.
That was an interesting test.
I think voters should have to read the HC Law enacted by Obama and SB744.
> That test is trivially easy. Seriously.
How do you draw a line around a letter?
Isn’t a line the shortest path between two points?
I didn’t have much problem with the test. But I do possess reading comprehension.
Then again, Gen-x/y/z probably could not handle it, their ADD would kick in.
Some of the questions are pretty screwy and require some thought but that’s a good thing in my opinion.
Anyone who could not get 100% on that test should not be voting.
I suspect it had just as much to do with who was grading the tests.
A line around a letter is technically a box.
It’s far more likely that illiterate people are not productive enough to pay taxes than literate ones. How do we benefit by having people that do not pay taxes voting for measures or politicians who want to spend tax payer money?
That test is BS. It was hard to do in 10 minutes and even smart people can make a stupid mistake. Anyone who thinks that test is a good idea needs to get their mind right.
Heh, it was sure a different country 50 years ago.
>> I wonder what we gain by having illiterate people vote.
If you take the meaning of “gain” loosely, we “gain” the realization that ANY primate can be elected pResident.
Tests should always be given. It’s outrageous how we allow so many ignorant and stupid people to vote, especially when they’re on welfare instead of paying taxes.
I’m worried for you if you couldn’t get a passing score on that test in 5 minutes, let alone 10.
>> Not much different from what a gun purchaser has to go through to exercise his second amendment rights
So, what’re your thoughts on this?
>> How do you draw a line around a letter?
You draw a curved line.
one hundred years ago a literacy question for blacks was...”How many bubbles are there in a bar of soap?”
then they shouldn’t have to register for the draft, either.
Easy answers to screwy questions.
>> I suspect it had just as much to do with who was grading the tests.
Yeah, that’s the real issue. There are enough places where a grader with a mind to mess with the test-taker could do so, easily.
Ah, the ‘non sequitur uber alles’ technique...
Liberal propgandists love it.
The result of fools being allowed to vote is clearly evident: Obama.
Tom Tancredo was right when he spoke at the 2010 Tea Party Convention in Nashville about the need for a literacy test. Personally, I'm more hard line than Tancredo, favoring voting only for military members and property owners. A careful reading of the intent of the Founding Fathers reveals that the voting free-for-all that we have now is just plain wrong.
If the original poster chimes in, I’ll agree with you.
It’s the south so...it’s powerful bad.
The test says that anyone with a 5th grade education is excused from taking the test. I can see how this test would be impossible for someone who lacked the equivalent reading comprehension. Maybe that’s why we don’t let 5th graders vote.
“I wonder what we gain by having illiterate people vote.”
Ok. So. Write forwards, backwards.
What is your answer?
I once worked as a claims rep for the Social Security Adm.
I was trying to establish the age of an old Black guy who was filing. He said he had attended grammar school in Mississippi.
This would have been around the 1910-15 era. I checked and saw that school records for Mississippi Black schools were available so ordered several. I was frankly amazed at the quality of the records. They were excellent.
I would bet a lot of money (if only there was a way to prove it) that less than half of America could take the test and get none of it wrong.
I only looked at the first 10 or so questions. They struck me as not very hard but really strange.
Draw a curve. It is implied by the word “around.”
Good thing the test isn’t in cursive. I would never pass.
Some of the questions were unfair. Check # 29. What if one was dyslexic? A valid ID seems like childs’ play.
And the cures for our social ills were much worse than the problems. Yes?
Fair enough. Not much different from today, too.
Spell backwards, forwards.
Sorry, i misquoted the test. Please answer.
>> I would bet a lot of money (if only there was a way to prove it) that less than half of America could take the test and get none of it wrong.
And after the last twenty years or so, I’m BEYOND willing to believe that less than half of America ought to be voting. :-)
Anyway, did I miss the passing score part? What sort of score did you need to pass this thing? I’ll go back and look.
My guess quite a few intelligent people could easily get one answer wrong in the rush to make sure they finished in under ten minutes...20 seconds per answer...
I can only imagine a large percent any adult person in the 60's not passing this test..black or not...having white skin doesn't automatically make one "smart"
I don’t remember the passage in the Constitution where it states that a test score of 100% on any test being required as a qualification to vote. Perhaps you could point that passage out to me.
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