Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test

Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test

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“Commander & Chef”

Since: Sep 11

Saint Marys, GA

#1 Jun 29, 2013
Full title: Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s

Slate.com
by Rebecca Onion

This week’s 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.

After the end of the Civil War, would-be black voters in the South faced an array of disproportionate barriers to enfranchisement. The literacy test—supposedly applicable to both white and black prospective voters who couldn’t prove a certain level of education but in actuality disproportionately administered to black voters—was a classic example of one of these barriers.

The website of the Civil Rights Movement Veterans, which collects materials related to civil rights, hosts a few samples of actual literacy tests used in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s.

In many cases, people working within the movement collected these in order to use them in voter education, which is how we ended up with this documentary evidence. Update: This test—a word-processed transcript of an original—was linked to by Jeff Schwartz, who worked with the Congress of Racial Equality in Iberville and Tangipahoa Parishes in the summer of 1964. Schwartz wrote about his encounters with the test in this blog post.

Most of the tests collected here are a battery of trivia questions related to civic procedure and citizenship.(Two from the Alabama test:“Name the attorney general of the United States” and “Can you be imprisoned, under Alabama law, for a debt?”)

But this Louisiana “literacy” test, singular among its fellows, has nothing to do with citizenship. Designed to put the applicant through mental contortions, the test's questions are often confusingly worded. If some of them seem unanswerable, that effect was intentional. The (white) registrar would be the ultimate judge of whether an answer was correct.

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.”

Or this:“Write right from the left to the right as you see it spelled here.”

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2013/06/...

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Impossible? Hardly. Unfortunately you will have to go to the article to see the test. Lest you think that this is very difficult, my kids could have passed this in the 6th grade. There are no arcane trivia questions from civics class or anything like that. It does require that you have to be able to read, understand, and follow simple, basic, instructions in English.

I think it is a shame that we can't give this test to everyone. Only people that score 80% or better get to vote.
LonePalm Sux

Saint Marys, GA

#2 Jun 30, 2013
Once again, King Asshat bloviates about how he could pass this test blindfolded with half his brain tied behind his back.

Do you ever read the shite you cut and paste? I couldn't read and analyze the questions in the ten minutes allotted to the original takers (who were black voters who could not prove they had better than a 5th grade education). If you think this is an appropriate vehicle for exercising the right to vote that you are always invoking the blood of fallen heroes is bought with in your random word droppings in this forum, I suggest that you should have to answer the paradox of the stone before you ever get to f--k up in the voting booth again.

Asshat.
Redneck

Saint Marys, GA

#3 Jun 30, 2013
eep it up LonePalm. You have "Sux" spitting spittle all over the place. I mean that literally!
LonePalm Sux

Saint Marys, GA

#4 Jun 30, 2013
No spittle here. Just tears from laughter at the feeble attempts to "discuss" topics for which you asshats have no understanding and less intellectual capacity to discern truth or nuance. Normally, I have no patience for your nonsense. Thus, I use the shorthand asshat. I've been in a much more reflective and effusive mood these last few days.

Asshat.
Just asking

Saint Marys, GA

#5 Jun 30, 2013
All I can say is it is not like that today, was that not the goal in the first place ?

Since: Sep 08

Neon City Oh.

#6 Jun 30, 2013
T-baggers would loose the right to vote if the only question was being able to spell the presidents last name.

“Commander & Chef”

Since: Sep 11

Saint Marys, GA

#7 Jun 30, 2013
LonePalm Sux wrote:
Once again, King Asshat bloviates about how he could pass this test blindfolded with half his brain tied behind his back.
Do you ever read the shite you cut and paste? I couldn't read and analyze the questions in the ten minutes allotted to the original takers (who were black voters who could not prove they had better than a 5th grade education). If you think this is an appropriate vehicle for exercising the right to vote that you are always invoking the blood of fallen heroes is bought with in your random word droppings in this forum, I suggest that you should have to answer the paradox of the stone before you ever get to f--k up in the voting booth again.
Asshat.
The paradox of the stone is easy to refute because it presupposes a logical impossibility. It is a false choice violating the 2nd law of classical logic, non-contradiction.

God has created this universe with a given set of physical laws. He can do anything within this universe consistent with those laws. This does not mean that God couldn't destroy this universe and create a new one with different physical laws.
Redneck

Saint Marys, GA

#8 Jun 30, 2013
LonePalm Sux wrote:
No spittle here. Just tears from laughter at the feeble attempts to "discuss" topics for which you asshats have no understanding and less intellectual capacity to discern truth or nuance. Normally, I have no patience for your nonsense. Thus, I use the shorthand asshat. I've been in a much more reflective and effusive mood these last few days.
Asshat.
Its not laughter, its a cackle because your realize that you don't understand what the correct response should be. I won't hold that against you because you most likely are unable to function in normal society.

One thing that might help you would be a cranial extraction from the rectum.

Am not a doctor but have done some reading on the subject.

Oh, one other little thing, you can leave the forum anytime you like. Tell you parents I gave you permission.
Redneck

Saint Marys, GA

#9 Jun 30, 2013
WDRussell wrote:
T-baggers would loose the right to vote if the only question was being able to spell the presidents last name.
Come on bill, thats too easy. Everyone knows how to spell our dear presidents name. Its ***hole.
LonePalm Sux

Saint Marys, GA

#10 Jun 30, 2013
Thanks, Redncek.

See you around the cesspool.

RosyPalm, your solipsistic bucket has a huge hole in it. So your "refutation" of the paradox carries no water. Try squaring a circle while you ponder that.

Asshat.

“Commander & Chef”

Since: Sep 11

Saint Marys, GA

#11 Jun 30, 2013
Me thinks you have no answer yourself.

In Texas they would describe you as all hat and no cattle.
beer drinker

Norcross, GA

#12 Jun 30, 2013
Is lonepalm six really my hero Jay? Sounds a little like him....time for a beer run
former democratic voter

Saint Marys, GA

#13 Jun 30, 2013
LonePalm wrote:
Me thinks you have no answer yourself.
In Texas they would describe you as all hat and no cattle.
Perfect response to "Sux"!!
I think his name indicates his mental capacity and probably his attraction for other men..
LOL

“Commander & Chef”

Since: Sep 11

Saint Marys, GA

#14 Jun 30, 2013
LonePalm Sux wrote:
Thanks, Redncek.
See you around the cesspool.
RosyPalm, your solipsistic bucket has a huge hole in it. So your "refutation" of the paradox carries no water. Try squaring a circle while you ponder that.
Asshat.
I don't think you understand solipsism. It certainly doesn't apply to anything I have ever written.

It is a lovely word to throw about to make people think you are well educated. Of course it does backfire horribly when you misuse it.

As for squaring a circle, that is why we have integral calculus. You can't get an exact answer but you can get one that is close enough for practical purposes. I do think getting you to put forth a coherent thought of your own is close to impossible. It seems that those who don't stand for something will fall for anything.

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