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Re: Sweatin'

Posted by Word Camel on March 15, 2003

In Reply to: Sweatin' posted by Jim on March 15, 2003

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: What is the origin of "sweatin' like a nigger on election day" ?

: Why would a negro sweat on election day?

This is a guess, but it probably has to do with the intimidation black voters common throughout the American South from emancipation up to the civil rights movement. Shadey legal practices like poll taxes and literacy tests were common. Polling stations mysteriously disappeared and gangs of racist thugs threatened potential voters with violence or death.