Could You Pass The Literacy Test Given To Black Voters In The 1960s?

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    Jul 04, 2013 3:42 AM GMT
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    http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/could-you-pass-the-literacy-test-given-to-black-voters-in-th
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    Jul 04, 2013 3:47 AM GMT
    The fuck o_O Oh and ONE wrong answer denotes failure of the test. In 10 minutes.
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    Jul 04, 2013 3:48 AM GMT
    Wtf. Cant wait to read this thread. Lol
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    Jul 04, 2013 3:50 AM GMT
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    Jul 04, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    I couldn't pass a 1960s penmanship test (they actually taught that shit then) but for me yes, this was fun and easy though you have to watch for the trick questions. Like:

    "Print a word that looks the same whether it is printed frontwards or backwards."

    They might fail you if you write "mom" instead of "MOM" but to be safe I'd choose "tot" which (when writing it out) looks the same frontwards or backwards in either case.

    But they could interpret giving both right answers to the trick questions as "doing more" and fail you. And 10 minutes wouldn't be enough to get every question right for the average person.

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    Jul 04, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    I find some of these questions ambiguous. And of course that's what they were going for.

    Edit: Lol spell backwards, forwards.

    backwards?
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    Jul 04, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    Several of the questions are purposefully ambiguously phrased to have a couple different interpretations of the answer. Their objective being that they could, at any point, grade any of these questions wrong to deny black voters their vote.
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    Jul 04, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    I'm just waiting for the asshole who comes on this thread and says it wasn't that hard and tries very hard not to show the racist he is.

    Also a question I always had is was it only blacks or any minority that couldn't vote. Forgive my ignorance but if you a non black person of color did you really have it that bad back then legally speaking?
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    Jul 04, 2013 5:52 AM GMT
    Lot of drawing in this test.
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    Jul 04, 2013 6:07 AM GMT
    xrichx saidLot of drawing in this test.


    There's a lot of counting too and considering you only have ten minutes to do all this shit I doubt most whites back then could of passed the same test. Hell fifth grade education my ass. Who the fuck learns this shit in the fifth grade?
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    Jul 04, 2013 7:55 AM GMT
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    xrichx saidLot of drawing in this test.


    There's a lot of counting too and considering you only have ten minutes to do all this shit I doubt most whites back then could of passed the same test. Hell fifth grade education my ass. Who the fuck learns this shit in the fifth grade?


    Yes, it's often forgotten that literacy tests, grandfather clauses and poll taxes applied to poor whites in the South as well as it did to blacks, and was used primarily to retain the power of the traditional Southern upper class. But as poor whites became ascendant in the South after Reconstruction, counties and poll centers within various Southern states mainly applied voting restrictions to black areas. So called Jim Crow laws as well, were more of an effort of lower and middle class whites in the South to feel superior to blacks. And as someone mentioned in a thread that you started about prominent black men, the Irish and working class whites in the North were more likely responsible for the negative stereotypes and attitudes against blacks as they themselves tried to eclipse them and become "white" (leaving behind them a legacy of crime and poverty through government employment as dirty cops, politicians and bureaucrats). While official segregation laws did not exist in the North, discrimination could be enforced through negative stereotyping, through corrupt police departments, etc.

    I know that the above posting mentions a lot of generalities, but I'll save the specifics for a later time. This post will simply do for now.
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    Jul 04, 2013 8:50 AM GMT
    Jesus, America has indeed come a long way.
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    Jul 04, 2013 8:53 AM GMT
    IrishDarren saidJesus, America has indeed come a long way.



    ha ha ha
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    Jul 04, 2013 8:59 AM GMT
    "30. Draw five circles that one common inter-locking part."

    WTF? Makes absolutely zero sense, even if you were to insert the word "have"
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    Jul 04, 2013 9:03 AM GMT
    They must have been really smart back then
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    Jul 04, 2013 9:12 AM GMT
    Jay1922 saidThey must have been really smart back then


    Have you met 21st century America?
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    Jul 04, 2013 9:12 AM GMT
    Sungod17 said"30. Draw five circles that one common inter-locking part."

    WTF? Makes absolutely zero sense, even if you were to insert the word "have"


    It's grammatically incorrect and if you were a black voter back then in a rural area even if you did notice it was messed up you probably wouldn't have brought it up out of fear of them not believing you and marking your test wrong out of spite or using you up your time pointing it out. That's assuming half of them even got to question thirty in only ten minutes.
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    Jul 04, 2013 10:26 AM GMT
    Dafuq???

    This test makes no sense. #questfail
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    Jul 04, 2013 10:40 AM GMT
    How does one draw a line around something? That would be a circle no?
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    Jul 04, 2013 10:44 AM GMT
    ihatemyself saidlooking at this as a black man makes me SO angry.


    HA HAAA!
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    Jul 04, 2013 11:54 AM GMT
    ihatemyself saidlooking at this as a black man makes me SO angry.


    Injustice is disgusting. This makes me angry.

    More importantly, it makes me determined to never let a fellow citizen lose his right to vote again.

    Last week the Supreme Court killed the Voting Rights Act. Their reasoning was that it was unfair to focus only on the traditionally racists states(states with a history of voting rights infringements).

    Fair enough. The scrutiny required of the Voting Rights Act should be expanded to the whole country. Racism is no longer regional.