I’m using an analogy. I do that. A lot. With great success.

I see, you want me to address Black Lives Matter. Gotcha. I intentionally avoid addressing Black Lives Matter in this essay for a specific reason: before people can get to Black Lives Matter, they have to first understand that black lives do indeed matter. And before they can understand that black lives do indeed matter, they have to recognize the humanity in black people and all people of color. When they do that, they see a part of themselves in the very people they disparage in thought and deed. This paves the road to lessening the disparaging behaviors.

With me so far?

This is but one of a body of work that deals with different facets of race relations in America. Since most people don’t have the time to sit through a 7,000 treatise on any one topic, I keep my essays bite-sized so people can get my point and move on. If it resonates with them, great. If not, that’s okay. Everything isn’t for everyone. If you’d like to get my take on Black Lives Matter, there’s a post out there that addresses that topic.

Question for you: isn’t “cherry-picking” (picking the most salient instance/item to make a point) the point of an example? I judiciously choose the examples to make a specific point.

If you agree with the points and their correlations, then it follows you agree with the conclusion. You can’t have it both ways.

Thanks for the invitation, but I don’t feel the need to further defend anything. The post stands on its on merit as a standalone essay and in the context of the body of my work as is. I’m not going to go back through the thread. Not when I asked you in my previous response to explain your point of contention because you weren’t clear in your response. Lest you think I’m not receptive to discussion or criticism, know that I am open to both … as long as it directed at the topic at hand.

Thanks for your time.

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