In your discussion of emotion vs. logic, I think it would serve you well to distinguish between two very different conversations:
1: In a conversation about inequality and racism in America, it is perfectly reasonable for one’s emotions to seep through. Looking back at history, it’s the expression of these emotions by the oppressed that have always been the catalysts for change.
2: However, in a constructive conversation about how to improve the condition of an oppressed population, reason and logic must be used because racism doesn’t hold up against them. In discussing the way forward, emotional arguments are counterproductive and lead to xenophobic and racist movements like the ones we’re seeing in Europe and America.