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IN EVERY STATE IN THE SOUTH, THE PROPORTION OF BLACKS IN STATE DELEGATIONS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY, BUT WITHOUT THE WRITTEN PROVISION FOR OPEN AND TIMELY SELECTION AND WITHOUT THE MANDATE FOR FAIR REPRESENTATION, DELEGATIONS FROM THE SOUTH OR, FOR THAT MATTER, MANY IN THE NORTH AS WELL, WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SO WELL BALANCED.

SOME HAVE ARGUED THAT BY OPENING UP THE PARTY TO NEW ACTIVISTS, WE HAVE SHUT OTHERS OUT. BUT THIS IS SIMPLY NOT SO. ANYONE AND EVERYONE WAS ALLOWED AND ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NOMINATING PROCESS LAST YEAR: THIS WAS THE MAJOR GOAL OF THE REFORMS. SOME PEOPLE CHOSE NOT TO WORK WITH THE NEW RULES, AND MANY APPARENTLY DID NOT WANT THEM TO WORK AT ALL.

THOSE SAME PEOPLE ALSO ARGUE THAT THE PARTY NEEDS TO SHOW MORE CONCERN FOR "LOYAL DEMOCRATS". I WOULD FURTHER POINT OUT THAT IN THE SOUTH, IT IS THE BLACK POPULATION THAT IS LOYAL TO AN EXTREME, BORDERING ON SLAVISHNESS.

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