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I actually remember #25 as a kid in the sixties being presented as a puzzle, in which very few people got right the first time. Paris in the the spring in the triangle fooled everyone the first time. Seeing it written here in a straight line is easy, but the mind and eyes trick you when seeing it in the triangle as presented.
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I have my doubts as to whether this particular test was ever administered. If you look at the link Brian posted it states that the 1964 test is a reproduction, and may or may not have been based on another test, which they have provided a link for. It also says the 1964 test, which the always refer to as the "1964(?)Test", not sure what the question mark indicates, was "quite atypical". I don't think an original, documented version of that 1964(?) test has ever been found. It honestly seems a bit phony to me. If they can ever find one an actual copy of that particular test in the state archives or elsewhere I'd like to see it.

The 1963 test, while still probably unfair, is much different. See Form 11 on the lower half of the PDF which requires four correct answers out of six, from one of the various tests provided. By 1963 or 1964 they must have had compulsory education in place for at least 50 years, so I would expect that most people could show a 5th grade education. Still, I guess it doesn't matter if it's true that every non-white person, even if they had a college education, was required to take the test and were automatically failed no matter what. Not sure I believe that either. That would basically mean that until 1965 not one single person of color ever cast a ballot in the state of LA. I don't doubt these tests were discriminatory, but I don't think I believe that.
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On 2013-07-03 15:22, Marlin1894 wrote:
I have my doubts as to whether this particular test was ever administered. If you look at the link Brian posted it states that the 1964 test is a reproduction, and may or may not have been based on another test, which they have provided a link for. It also says the 1964 test, which the always refer to as the "1964(?)Test", not sure what the question mark indicates, was "quite atypical". I don't think an original, documented version of that 1964(?) test has ever been found. It honestly seems a bit phony to me. If they can ever find one an actual copy of that particular test in the state archives or elsewhere I'd like to see it.



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I'll bet Texas, and Arizona comes up with an even harder test for their Latino citizens in 2014.
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Why would Latino citizens have to take it?

Good idea though as you could get rid of Castro that way perhaps
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I'll bet Texas, and Arizona comes up with an even harder test for their Latino citizens in 2014.


Only the ones without photo ID. Smile
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On 2013-07-03 14:32, EsnRedshirt wrote:
Aces- not quite so sure. This particular test has been floating around since the Supreme Court overturned part of the Voter's Rights Act two weeks back, as an example of why the VRA was needed in the first place.

Of course, Congress could always re-evaluate the data and pass legislation defining a new map... if they could manage to agree on anything- which they're currently having a difficult time doing regardless of the issue.


Floating around where?
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The literacy test was an extra obstacle to prevent black citizens from voting. It could easily be applied to any minority. Their citizenship was never in question. Acesover seems to have gotten his history form different books than I did. LOL
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Voting for who?
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I am talking about having the right to go into the voting booth and casting a ballot for whoever is running for office. It could be for your local dog catcher or for the president of the United States. Even though voting is a right some places would prefer if minorities did not have the vote.

I'm sorry I keep forgetting that you are not from this country.
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...and some places would prefer if non-citizens did have the vote.
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Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Some places dead people vote.

In Abraham Lincoln's day you could buy a man's vote for a couple glasses of moon shine.
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Seems pointless to stop them voting to stop them voting.



Why have you stopped me officer?

To stop you!

Well I guess this must be the USA.
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The literacy test was an extra obstacle to prevent black citizens from voting. It could easily be applied to any minority. Their citizenship was never in question. Acesover seems to have gotten his history form different books than I did. LOL


Not sure what you are referring too.
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Go back and read your clueless posts for yourself. I'm sure you will soon catch on.
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Go back and read your clueless posts for yourself. I'm sure you will soon catch on.


I was pretty sure you didn't know what you were talking about. Now I am SURE with that response.
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Perhaps you are too dense to understand.

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