LBJ signs Voting Rights Act,
which banned poll tests
Last week, Newt Gingrich called
Barack Obama the "food stamp" president and floated
reimposing a Jim Crow-era poll tests:
You know, folks often talk about immigration. I always say that to become an American citizen, immigrants ought to have to learn American history. [applause] But maybe we should also have a voting standard that says to vote, as a native born American, you should have to learn American history. [applause] You realize how many of our high school graduates because of the decay of the educational system, couldn’t pass a citizenship test.
Now he denies blowing a racist dog whistle, saying he's "never said" anything at all "racist" about President Obama. And maybe he thinks talking about reimposing Jim Crow-era poll tests has nothing to do with race. But if that's the case than "Professor" Gingrich would have to admit that he himself doesn't know enough American history to vote, let alone run for President.