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Proposition: adam belizzone (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Abigail Northcutt (San Diego Christian College)

Judge: Trevor Reddick (Baylor University)

Resolution: Resolved: The United States Federal Government ought to pay reparations to African Americans.

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    adam belizzone
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    Posted at October 12, 2015 04:28:47PM EST by adam belizzone

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    Posted at October 14, 2015 12:32:49AM EST by Abigail Northcutt

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    Posted at October 14, 2015 09:00:03PM EST by adam belizzone

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    Posted at October 16, 2015 02:13:31AM EST by Abigail Northcutt

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    Posted at October 16, 2015 11:56:50AM EST by adam belizzone

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    Submitted at October 18, 2015 03:45:09PM EST by Trevor Reddick

    Category adam belizzone Abigail Northcutt
    Use of evidence: 4 4
    Delivery skill: 4 4
    Coherence of arguments: 3.8 4
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.8 4
    Identification of key points: 3.8 4
    Comments: Adam, while I appreciated your style and how you attempted to end the debate, you needed to do more work in defining the impacts of what you were saying. Why does her statement that, "the topic is about slavery, not the revolutionary war" mean that her claims about taxes, the military, and the ambiguity of African-American identity are wrong? I think you should have focused more on the potential ethics of claiming that only thinking about slavery as the racist portion of America's history ignores its violent status quo, but you needed to sit on that. Overall though, it comes off as a bit tenuous, and I think you may have been better served just extending your arguments and lining them up for me. Good debate Abigail! Good line by line arguments and lining things up for me. My number one recommendation is impact comparison, explain to me why the other people on welfare not getting their money is WORSE than the status quo for blacks, and do more to establish why that's more unethical than the ethical demand to give reparations. You also need to do better, give an impact like we will empower plenty of people who are rich and evil already, and also that it will provide race conflict and a run for the money which will bankrupt the United States. Something like that will get you further.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Abigail Northcutt

    Reason for Decision:

    I think the proposition's decision in the last speech to go all in on the ethics argument is problematic and is not well developed for me to feel comfortable voting. I thus end up voting on the multiple turns, especially the relatively conceded one that many people will end up without a support base and there will be many starving children because there will be no benefits, along with the fact that it will be a structural impossiblity because of lack of money and inability to determine who is African-American after all. Great debate!


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