Republican Tom Tancredo opened the Teabag Party convention this past weekend (in which Sarah Palin was notoriously photographed with a cheatsheet handwritten on her palm) with a rousing call for a “literacy test” for voters. The “literacy test” was a pre-civil rights method utilized in the South to prevent blacks from voting.
According to the Justice Department’s website on Federal Voting Rights Laws:
President Johnson signed the resulting legislation into law on August 6, 1965. Section 2 of the Act, which closely followed the language of the 15th amendment, applied a nationwide prohibition against the denial or abridgment of the right to vote on the literacy tests on a nationwide basis.
A shameful, disguised way to motivate the Republicans’ conservative base. Worse yet, Republican Tancredo blames the lack of a literacy test and citizenship schools for the recent election of President Obama.