I am going to go out on a limb of sorts, Clay.
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ELSEVAR, I’m glad you enjoyed the essay. But to your point, I said “racial tension didn’t just come to a boiling point with Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, or Philando Castile. Racial tensions have existed in America since before the first slave ships unloaded Africans in Virgina.”

My meaning is clear: racial tensions have always been a part of America from its beginning. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Philando Castile are listed because after their murders, racial tensions heightened and literally became flashpoints for demonstrations against circumstances that allowed the men who killed them to do so without impunity.

For you to say that tension (and I’m going to throw demonstrations and movements in the mix here as they surely followed the aforementioned deaths) was misdirected and flawed. Would you suggest those movements and demonstrations be directed at the victims?

I presented them as neither saints nor sinners, but as three more in a long line of Black Americans who have had their lives snuffed out in specious circumstances.

Thanks for your time.