Thursday, May 11, 2017

"Take the Impossible 'Literacy' Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s"

Slate:

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.