address oneself to

address oneself to someone

to speak directly to a particular person, rather than someone else. I did not address myself to you!
See also: address

address oneself to something

to turn one's complete attention to something, such as a problem or an issue. (See also address something to someone.) Please address yourself to these current, pressing problems.
See also: address
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To speak, therefore, of race in contexts such as these is not merely to address oneself to an abstract concept.
As he wrote to McPherson, "Obviously one can no longer address oneself to the subject of the Negro family as such.