Friday, July 5, 2013

A reminder of how far the South has come on voting rights.

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the Voting Rights Act and chronicles its success.

To be permitted to vote, a citizen had to answer every question correctly within 10 minutes—an average of 20 seconds per question. That would be a tall order even for somebody with a college education.

 The test powerfully illustrates how determined white Southern Democrats were to keep blacks from voting, and why the Voting Rights Act's extraordinary measures were necessary in 1965. Louisiana was among the states subjected to federal "preclearance" until last week.