“Grandfather Clause”
April 2, 2009, 1:07 pm
Filed under: Ian

I just got back from an excellent ACS panel on the Voting Rights Act, where I learned (among other things) that the phrase “grandfather clause” originally referred to laws enacted by southern states after the Civil War which imposed onerous requirements on new voting registrants, but exempted anyone whose grandfather was able to legally vote in 1865.  I don’t have anything really insightful to say about that, except that I find it somewhat disturbing that we still use a phrase which originally referred to something so appallingly racist.


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Well, “pork barrel” may be — per Wikipedia — similarly appalling, yet people use it all the time.

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