Literacy Tests Written by Illiterates 

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to invalidate a key section of the Voting Rights Act. While dissenting, Justice Ginsburg pithily stated:

“Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet,”

It remains to be seen what the end result of this ruling will be, but it’s not looking good. It’s worth remembering that in the bad days of the Old South, literacy tests were used to disenfranchise many potential voters. Slate has what appears to be a copy of one of these tests. It’s pretty awful.

A sample literacy test question
An Awful Sample Question

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