JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.
Intrepid00: JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.Where is the answer key so I can see how smart or how farked I would be.
NotoriousW.O.P: Yes. Then again, I'm white.
ZAZ: Some of those seemed like a written version of a sobriety test, not a literacy test."Say the alphabet backwards.""Z... A... Officer, I can't do this sober."
To The Escape Zeppelin!: That sucks as a voter literacy test but it isn't that hard. It's like one of those critical thinking exercises you got in school.
ongbok: I guess in the questions that asked to draw a line around something he would determine if drawing a circle around it, or something else, that whatever the prospective voter didn't do was the correct response.
netweavr: The "single wrong answer" criteria would probably have gotten a lot of people who just brain-farted on something.
semiotix: It's almost too cute, and the white registrar turning black voters away from the polls in 1964 Louisiana didn't need to be cute.
Paris1127: One way that test could be worse would be if in the last instruction said "Now that you've read through all of the questions, do not answer any of the questions on this test, fold up the paper and hand it to the official."
thamike: Oh, good. Another one for the collection.[i915.photobucket.com image 850x394][i915.photobucket.com image 850x186][i915.photobucket.com image 850x390][i915.photobucket.com image 850x543][i915.photobucket.com image 850x390]
semiotix: I'm a little annoyed with this particular post, history under Rebecca Onion being one of the very few things Slate has done competently lately. And, in fact, until now, it's been GREAT.But the Slate post links to a page on the Civil Rights Movement Veteran webpage which contains this page which in turn contains two links. One, marked "circa 1964?" is the one shown in the article. Here's what it looks like:[s18.postimg.org image 488x365]The other link is marked "circa 1963" (note, no "?") and looks like this:[s22.postimg.org image 386x359]Notice how one looks like it was typed or printed in 1963, and the other looks like it came off a mid-1990s word processor?Now, literacy tests existed. Tests about the Constitution, etc., existed. And they were used in exactly the way you'd think--there's no controversy about that whatsoever. But it's entirely possible that the thing shown in this Slate article isn't even a transcription of a real document--it smells a bit wrong, and (argument from authority alert) I'm a twentieth-century American historian. It's almost too cute, and the white registrar turning black voters away from the polls in 1964 Louisiana didn't need to be cute.So, this is dangerous--because if this one fishy document gets debunked, all of a sudden the AM radio dial is going to light up with people talking about how blacks never had any trouble voting AT ALL, and the VRA was just those damn liberals trying to mess with honest folks' constitutional rights, etc. etc.
jehovahs witness protection: Trayvon's girlfriend damn sure wouldn't be allowed to vote.
12349876: JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.FTA: a single wrong answer meant a failing grade.
Intrepid00: 12349876: JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.FTA: a single wrong answer meant a failing grade.A 65 is normally passing either unless your school was shiat.
Krieghund: thamike: Oh, good. Another one for the collection.[i915.photobucket.com image 850x394][i915.photobucket.com image 850x186][i915.photobucket.com image 850x390][i915.photobucket.com image 850x543][i915.photobucket.com image 850x390]Seriously, get a life.If you don't like a poster, ignore them or flag them as a troll. If you're planning on reposting every instance of JWP saying something idiotic, you'll be here all day.
Spanky McStupid: "... a single wrong answer meant a failing grade. " Major fail right there.
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