Flash Fiction #240

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


In 1960s America, civil rights was still just a dream for many.  What should have been an inalienable right – Voting – sometimes had conditions.  Negroes had to Prove they were educated, Prove that they were intelligent enough to vote.

A Negro in Alabama approached a polling station.  A redneck Cracker handed him a copy of the Hebrew Times to read.  When he couldn’t, he was given a sheet of waxed paper and a ballpoint pen, and told to write his name.

When he failed that several times, he said, “I just don’t understand it.  I could read and write this morning.”   😯


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17 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #240

  1. Dear Archon,

    Appalling and well written.




  2. Dale says:

    How cruel…


  3. ceayr says:

    This would be funny if it wasn’t so true…


  4. James McEwan says:

    There is a theory that feelings of injustice are passed down through the family DNA. How else, so they say, that it takes generations to rise above the past.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. granonine says:

    Shameful and inexcusable. I was very pleased to see people of color–four of them women–being voted into the House of Representatives here in America. Things have improved.


  6. ahtdoucette says:

    Painful to read and timely. We need to remember how hard some have fought for the right to vote – and how sneakily it can be taken away.


  7. msjadeli says:

    Racism is learned behavior. If it can be learned it can be unlearned. It looks like half of our population needs some serious educating.


    • Archon's Den says:

      It’s easier to fool a person, than to convince them that they have been fooled.
      Mark Twain
      Like evangelical religion, the secret is to continuously indoctrinate children. They will blindly agree with you when they are adults.
      Sci-Fi authors have written of the idea of community creches. Children are taken from their parents, and raised neutrally, by the state. It sounds reasonable…. until a leader like Trump acquires control. 👿

      Liked by 1 person

  8. notestowomen says:

    Shameful and appalling. Everyone deserves the right to vote. It’s good to see that changes have changed over the years and America now has it’s first woman of color as its VP. Very well written story.


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