You have been missed around here. It's nice to see you back. You make several good points. In fact, you could go further with other issues that could be addressed in the black community. I agree that they could be raised in tandem with issues of police violence. I also agree that CK could help himself by, at least, acknowledging those issues and that he could make an impact in the black community by focusing on other issues too. However, his point is not less valid or dishonest, because he is not raising those issues.
It's also not quite fair to say this:
Your contention is, essentially, one big obfuscation or, as StyleForumers like to call it: a red herring. The issues you raise about the black family community are meaningful. There's certainly some correlation between police violence and the issues in the black community. However, someone protesting police violence is not dishonest for not raising them in tandem. Raising those other issues you mentioned may make his argument stronger, particularly to people already inclined to disagree. However, failing to raise them doesn't invalidate his argument or make it less honest. He has no obligation to raise every tangential issue or even every closely related issue. He's just raising one issue. This may make him less persuasive to some, but it doesn't make him dishonest. The issues you raise are interesting, but ultimately they are obfuscation themselves.
Flip the script. There are many people opposing CK who argue that disrespecting the flag insults our military. Are they dishonest or are their points invalid, if they fail to say, "Respect our military and the freedom they fight for ... but ... I also want to acknowledge that the military's invasion of Iraq appears to have been based on lies and likely led to the destabilization of that region and contributed to the continued use of drones that have killed civilians, further inflaming radical Muslims, inspiring terrorist groups, and resulting in further need to use our military to protect our freedom." A bit hyperbolic, I concede. Nonetheless, there should be nothing wrong with just saying, "Respect the people who fought and died for your flag." That other shit is another discussion. Related, but another discussion.
It's a protest. CK doesn't need to footnote himself. Nor do his opponents.
Edited by zalb916 - 9/16/16 at 7:03am