After the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which journalist Ronald Kessler recalls LBJ saying would ensure that “those niggers voting Democrat for the next 200 years,”
On May 13, 1965, in a phone call with Carl Sanders, Democrat governor of Georgia, LBJ addresses the difficulty in doing that:
Now, you can say they can’t discriminate, but I’ve got to prove that it discriminates, and I can’t prove it in Texas. There’s more Nigras voting there than there are white folks, a higher percentage of them. And more of them [paying] poll taxes now than white folks. Now I can’t show that with a literacy test, that they’re being discriminated against, ’cause they haven’t got any. They got no test at all, just by God, anybody that can get up and pay a dollar and six bits can vote. And so let me do this the right way.