Dozens of black, female Democratic activists and leaders openly complained to Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez about the “scant support” their demographic receives from the party.
The signatories, which include state and federal lawmakers like Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), decried the DNC's problem with black voters feeling like the party “take[s] them for granted.”
Their open letter, published Thursday by NBC News, complained about the lack of black women in party leadership:
This February, in the DNC elections, we saw an increase in overall diversity within the officer ranks, but no increase in leadership representation of Black women. Since taking office, you have met with and listened to key constituencies. But you have yet to host a Black women leaders convening.
Black women, according to the signatories, were critical to Democrats' electoral victories and could be the party's downfall if it didn't address African Americans' disaffection.
“The Party's foundation has a growing crack and if it is not addressed quickly, the Party will fall even further behind and ultimately fail in its quest to strengthen its political prospects,” the letter read.
From the letter, Perez received a request to meet with black, female leaders and activists in the Democratic Party so that he could hear their concerns.
After questioning the DNC's loyalty to black females in its ranks, the letter concluded by declaring: “We have demonstrated our commitment to the Party. It is time for the Party to demonstrate its commitment to us.”