Buzzfeed's Brian Galindo asks if you could pass a literacy test given to black voters in the 1960s.
For myself, the answer is: no way.
In case you care, I have been called Mensa material several times, and I
could not have passed this test for the simple reason that after going
through the shock (and, indeed, the insult) of discovering the type of
questions asked (15 seconds wasted just there) — which have not an iota
of relevance to real life (or to any preparation in real school exams) —
I would be wondering if I were answering these — inane — questions
entirely right and wasting time every time wondering if there wasn’t
some kind of trap somewhere.
Unfortunately, the article comes in context of the Supreme Court decision to strike down
"Section 4(b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a key provision in the law
that mandated nine states with a history of racial discrimination,
mostly in the South, to get federal permission before they could change
their voter laws", suggesting that such obstacles will now reappear in the South.
take issue with many a comment the Buzzfeed post: To everybody dissing the Republicans , let’s not forget too quickly that from the 1870s to the
1960s and 1970s, the segregationist South was in lockstep with the Democrat party.
In the past — indeed
from before the Civil War — the Dems counted on the white vote while
demonizing minorities. What’s new is that since the 1970s the Dems count
on the minorities while demonizing the white race. (Didn’t LBJ go along
with civil rights precisely because he saw that now that, in the civil
rights era, the Jim Crow-built society was floundering, this would bring
all the “Negro” (LBJ’s word) voters to the Dems?)
win their elections nowadays, it is true the Democrats don’t exclude
people by giving literacy tests. Instead they demonize their opponents
as racist (precisely the reason so many feel it a non-brainer to
equalize the Jim Crow laws with the GOP), all the while unleashing the
IRS on them — along with various other branches of the federal
In addition, they try to import impoverished workers in need of government help to add millions of Democrat voters to the rolls.
And why do millions of American go along with this?
it precisely because they have been convinced (thank you, U.S. school
system) that the caricature of conservatives can’t be anything but