Originally Posted by suited
It doesn't matter if mass immigration is good or bad for the country, simply because the majority of people coming across the southern border are brown, it must be racist if you don't support it.
Individual policies shouldn't be discounted simply because some of their supporters are also racists, no. There's obviously a discussion to be had about immigration and it shouldn't be shut down "because racism."
This discussion started in terms of the political appeal of discussing the wall. Part of the whole appeal of pushing the wall as a political topic is to bring out the support of the xenophobes and racists. Doubtlessly there are plenty of benign and rational supporters of the wall as well, but there's no reason to ignore the rest of the picture.
There's no way to have a discussion with a person who thinks like this, and that person is quickly becoming an entire political party.
There's plenty of middle ground between ignoring racism and racists and using it as a cudgel to cut off all debate.
As brokencycle mentioned, Sanders is pulling out plenty of anti-immigrant rhetoric. He's just not loading it with the dog whistles that the racists are looking for (to my knowledge, anyway), so he's attracting different supporters.