Did you miss that thing about identity politics being the big Dem positioning strategy? That’s divide and conquer, plain and simple. Remember that “Bernie Bros” were labeled racists and sexists–was that meant to unite?
And I never indicated in any way that we would defeat “racism and fascism through polite intellectual debates.”
In fact, if anything, repeatedly state that there will always be racism, but that economic issues can bring people together, not in love, but in mutual self-interest. As I’ve told many friends: “I’m not asking you to like black people or you to like white people–I’m suggesting you put aside your hate long enough to recognize goals and enemies you share.”