This piece by @IanHaneyLopez is a very nuanced, insightful, and productive response to David Shor's assessment of the Democratic Party's situation. Worth a read.
I think the most insightful point here is that the problem isn't that the Democratic Party is calling out racism; it's that the Democratic Party is asking the average white voter to vote against their identity and *not offering an alternative identity to them*.
By this I mean: Republicans have spent years convincing white non-college voters that anti-racism is an attack on their way of life. And Democrats don't really make any attempt to explain that it's not, or how dismantling racist power structures would help *them* too.
Basically, Dems don't need to drop anti-racism — they need to find an anti-racism message that is *unifying*. That gives voters a reason to see fighting racism as *defending* their way of life.

Most voters vote their identity, so give them an identity reason for vote for you.
What that message looks like exactly, I don't know.

Lopez suggests painting racism as a tool of the elites to divide us and get rich at our expense. Which might not work on every voter, but it seems better than the message we have now, which is nothing.

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