posted on Jan, 30 2009 @ 08:39 AM
"Jonathan Kozol, author of Illiterate America, refers to the millions of illiterate people in America as “half-citizens” (Kozol 25). As Kozol
explains, illiterate citizens seldom vote because they are unable to make “informed decisions based on serious print information” (23). More than
often, illiterates vote for “… a face, a smile, or a style, not for a mind or character or body of beliefs” (23). Furthermore, illiterates are
unable to discern fact from rumor because they cannot read and analyze a variety of sources. Thus, they are unable to truly make informed decisions.
Moreover, illiterates must rely on propaganda or word of mouth to ground their opinions, which affects how they choose to vote. Without the ability to
read, an illiterate person may be voting for someone whose political beliefs go directly against theirs."