TwitterFacebook

TeaBagCon: Tom Tancredo Suggests Reinstating ‘Literacy Tests’ for Voters

Politics • Views: 2,782

On the first night of the first National Tea Party Convention the featured speaker, Tom Tancredo, blew the racist dog whistle so loudly they heard it in Alabama.

In the 1960s.

The opening-night speaker at first ever National Tea Party Convention ripped into President Obama, Sen. John McCain and “the cult of multiculturalism,” asserting that Obama was elected because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country.”

Here’s a little background information on the history of the “literacy tests” Tom Tancredo suggests we should reinstate.

As used by the states, the literacy test gained infamy as a means for denying suffrage to African Americans. Adopted by a number of southern states, the literacy test was applied in a patently unfair manner, as it was used to disfranchise many literate southern blacks while allowing many illiterate southern whites to vote. The literacy test, combined with other discriminatory requirements, effectively disfranchised the vast majority of African Americans in the South from the 1890s until the 1960s. Southern states abandoned the literacy test only when forced to by federal legislation in the 1960s. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act provided that literacy tests used as a qualification for voting in federal elections be administered wholly in writing and only to persons who had not completed six years of formal education. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 suspended the use of literacy tests in all states or political subdivisions in which less than 50 percent of the voting age residents were registered as of 1 November 1964, or had voted in the 1964 presidential election. In a series of cases, the Supreme Court upheld the legislation and restricted the use of literacy tests for non-English-speaking citizens. Since the passage of the civil rights legislation of the 1960s, black registration in the South has increased dramatically.

^ back to top ^

TwitterFacebook

Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing!
For about 33 cents a day (per month) or 22 cents a day (per year), our subscription option turns off all advertisements at LGF!
Read more...

► LGF Headlines

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Articles

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Pages

  • Loading...

► Top 10 Comments

  • Loading...

► Bottom Comments

  • Loading...

► Recent Comments

  • Loading...

► Tools/Info

► Tag Cloud

► Contact

You must have Javascript enabled to use the contact form.
Your email:

Subject:

Message:


Messages may be published unless you request otherwise.
Tech Note:
Using the Contact Form
LGF Pages

This button leads to the main index of LGF Pages, our user-submitted articles. You can post your own LGF Pages simply by registering a free account with us.

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.

Last updated: 2014-03-07 2:19 pm PST

LGF User's Guide
Recent Pages
FemNaziBitch
PEDESTAL ELITE: Turkish President Says ‘Women Are Not Equal to Men’ at Women’s Rights Conference
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set off a new controversy, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers. Addressing a meeting Monday in Istanbul ...

3 minutes ago
Views: 22 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Indy GOP Refugee
St. Louis County Police Arrest Man for Video Recording in Ferguson as Grand Jury Decision Nears - PINAC
They didn't like me recording me, but that's what I do because they've been saying all kinds of lies about the protesters." He spent a few hours in jail before being released, making him at least the second person ...

15 minutes ago
Views: 26 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Michael McBacon
The Right’s Vile Ferguson Ploy
Conspiracy or not, I'm seeing many of my otherwise friends on Facebook wholeheartedly buying into the belief that "the problem in Ferguson is the black residents looters" and not racial apartheid or the actual murder itself. From the very beginning, ...

3 hours, 43 minutes ago
Views: 78 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 1
Randall Gross
Can Japan Get Her Groove Back With IoT?
Japan, which once looked like a world leader as it pushed its Home Energy Management System (HEMS) and the smart home standard, is now trying to get her groove back via the Internet of Things. If last week's conference ...

3 hours, 56 minutes ago
Views: 114 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 0
William Barnett-Lewis
A Prayer of Giving Thanks
by Mark Sandlin Good and gracious God, There is a tension that comeswith giving thanks. Even as we recognizeand are grateful forthe blessings in our lives,we are confronted withenjoying our abundanceas we recognize the realitythat there are thosewho have far ...

16 hours, 56 minutes ago
Views: 106 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 1
The Vicious Fergushka
The Scientific Explanation of Why People Kill Each Other Over TVs on Black Friday
More: The Scientific Explanation of Why People Kill Each Other Over TVs on Black Friday What causes people to kick, shove and even stab each other on Black Friday? Each year there are reports of violence during the Black Friday ...

2 days, 21 hours ago
Views: 372 • Comments: 3
Tweets: 6 • Rating: 1
Skip Intro
Anti-Gay Hate Preacher Accidentally Tweets 4,000 Followers Cartoon Clip of Him ‘Confessing’ to Be a ‘Homosexual Sodomite’
Adam Reakes Promotes Truth That Starbucks Markets Semen Laced Lattes http://t.co/RY06dEEb0I— James David Manning (@DrJamesDManning) November 20, 2014

2 days, 22 hours ago
Views: 581 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 1
Lumberhead
One Man Should Not Dictate Immigration Policy
Well played. You know, the more I mull over the Republican complaint about how immigration reform is being implemented, the more I sympathize with them. Public policy, especially on big, hot button issues like immigration shouldn't be made by one ...

3 days, 16 hours ago
Views: 402 • Comments: 6
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 7
teleskiguy
“Chelsea Hotel” performed by Tal Wilkenfeld
I first saw Austrailian bass player Tal Wilkenfeld play with Jeff Beck (not live, mind you. On YouTube) and was amazed at her skills and chops. She was only 20 when she scored that gig. She's coming into her own ...

5 days, 13 hours ago
Views: 272 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 4
MichaelJ
COMFORTABLY NUMB - Peahi Nov 12 on Vimeo
Channel angle of the Nov 12th swell at Peahi.

1 week, 2 days ago
Views: 539 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 2
 Frank says:

Stupidity is the basic building block of the universe.