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  •  Thanks, Dee... (5+ / 0-)

    I have to admit that, while I have long known of the literacy tests, I NEVER realized how in your face evil they were.

    I just assumed (yah, yah, I know the dangers that lie there) that they were actual 'literacy' tests that took advantage of the lack of education of many poor blacks and other 'darker' Americans (that, in and of itself, was horrible enough for me).

    So, yes, I am guilty of failing to fully grok just how insane the hoops were...though, I was well aware that hoops existed.

    Big hugs your way...

    Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

    by Kysen on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 05:51:30 PM PDT

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    •  Second This (3+ / 0-)

      I always assumed literacy tests were similar to the turn of the century IQ tests, which while fairly biased at least seemed like something their creators might naively believe were objective measures. But this stuff is outright sadistic, and there's no way it wasn't cynically crafted to disenfranchise as many "undesirables" as possible.

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