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Proposition: Amanda Gerstman (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Alexandra Rueger (San Diego Christian College)

Judge: Rachel Cotrino (Binghamton University)

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

  • Amanda Gerstman
    Amanda Gerstman
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    Alexandra Rueger
    Alexandra Rueger
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    Posted at October 12, 2015 06:41:58PM EST by Amanda Gerstman

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    http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/05/race-and-reparations
    http://www.lexisnexis.com.proxy.binghamton.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/?
    http://www.jstor.org.proxy.binghamton.edu/stable/pdf/10.5323/jafriamerhist.97.1-2.0001.pdf?acceptTC=true
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/40721651

    Posted at October 13, 2015 10:03:22PM EST by Alexandra Rueger

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    Posted at October 14, 2015 03:58:22PM EST by Amanda Gerstman

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    http://dailybruin.com/2015/10/14/submission-black-students-should-not-be-told-how-to-feel-react-toward-racism/

    http://www.ferris.edu/isar/academic-controversies/mehler.htm

    http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7709/jnegroeducation.83.2.0121#pdf_only_tab_contents

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/kyle-munson/2015/10/06/worst-cities-black-americans-iowa-des-moines-waterloo/73462374/

    http://www.bet.com/news/national/2015/10/15/did-black-lives-matter-at-the-democratic-debate.html

    Posted at October 15, 2015 09:33:22PM EST by Alexandra Rueger

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    Posted at October 16, 2015 06:11:21PM EST by Amanda Gerstman

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    Submitted at October 18, 2015 01:04:51PM EST by Rachel Cotrino

    Category Amanda Gerstman Alexandra Rueger
    Use of evidence: 3 0.1
    Delivery skill: 3 4
    Coherence of arguments: 3.5 3
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.2 3.6
    Identification of key points: 3.6 3
    Comments: Your explanation of why reparations are important was persuasive. So persuasive in fact that the opposition agreed. However, what marred your performance was your failure to cite (within your presentation), your sources. While it was great that your speech was obviously well researched, you cannot expect that I, as a judge, will read through ALL of your source materials. You list your cite to prove you are not making it up. However, since you barely referenced any of your cites in the speech, I had no idea which of your points were from which cite. Maybe you can get away with it in some points, but when it is obvious that you are paraphrasing a source, it does not look good. You also missed the segregation argument which I will address in my explanation of the match. No citations whatsoever. Had you used citations, instead of telling me what you believe, you may have won this. Citations are far more persuasive than your personal opinion.

    I appreciated your ability to take on the proposition's arguments and I think the segregation argument was excellent.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Amanda Gerstman

    Reason for Decision:

    I voted for Amanda because I believe her argument was better researched overall and for that reason, far more persuasive.

    Alexandra did an amazing job of rebutting most of Amanda's points. However, without any references, I failed to understand what Alexandra's argument was based upon, other than her personal beliefs.

    I deducted points to Amanda for failing to properly understand and address Alexandra's argument about segregation. Alexandra argued that reparations would create a system that would foster segregation. Amanda, you addressed it in your rebuttal, but you never took on Alexandra's argument head on. I found that blunder so huge that I almost voted for Alexandra, yet ultimately voted in favor of Amanda because she was more persuasive in arguing for reparations.


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