Today, Thomas B. Edsall wrote a powerful essay in the New York Times about this peculiarity in the modern South. The bottom line for minorities is devastating: In large part, they have been left without proper representation in state legislatures and Congress. Alabama is an obvious example of that, what with only one Democratic member of the D.C. delegation and Republicans holding virtually every seat of power in Montgomery.
Edsall wrote, "Democrats often sound gleeful about the idea of Republicans’ becoming the white party. They have successfully elected and re-elected the nation’s first black president. But in the South and in some Northern states, the Republican takeover of state legislatures has left black and Hispanic citizens without effective representation – representation that can come only from the majority party. The racialization of the two parties, most noticeable in the South, will work to keep minority Americans at the margins of power, hindered from shaping the policies that determine social and economic mobility and the overall quality of life."
-- Phillip Tutor