And that’s why I know some of the people here, white, don’t know anything about the constitution of Mississippi.

Fannie Lou Hamer: Some of the questions that they asked us on our form to pass as a registered voter, like, “What is the date? Write the date of this application. What is your full name? By whom are you employed?” Well, see, when you put by whom are you employed, you fired by the time you get back home…

And then they’ll have a big book there for you to write a section of the Constitution of Mississippi. And after you write it, copy it out of the book, he’ll tell you to give, the registrar will tell you to give a reasonable interpretation. And that’s why I know some of the people here, white, don’t know anything about the constitution of Mississippi. Because section 30 of the constitution of Mississippi said “There shall be no imprisonment for debt.” And I could name people that have put up time on the state penitentiary and the county farm about a debt. The 28th section of the constitution of Mississippi said “Cruel or unusual punishment shall not be inflicted or excessive fines be imposed.” People have had to pay big fines for something they actually didn’t do and have been beat half to death.

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