[eDebate] Answering Adam's Question / Dr. Warner and THIS COMMUNITY

Ede Warner ewarner
Tue Apr 8 21:01:40 CDT 2008

You are certainly entitled to your opinion regarding what you feel I
should have done, and all I can do is respectfully disagree.  Nothing
will change what the last two years became, and I'm okay with the
choices I have made as well as the ones I am yet to make and I won't
apologize for that.  
I just wanted you to know how I felt about your success and show proper
respect for your accomplishments.  
I'll concede that perhaps you may be the next MLK if defined as the
person to take future generations of black students armed with debate
exclusion arguments to keep up levels of community discomfort, and I am
certainly not that person.  I don't that strategy was sustainable for
"generations" during the Civil Rights Movement, and I don't think it's
sustainable for that length of time now, but I've certainly been wrong
before. What I do know is that I'm not the leader to create generations
of exclusion and that isn't my goal, which is about creating sustainable
structural changes in institutional racism.  So take care and I wish you
the best.

From: Deven <bmoreboi325 at yahoo.com>
To:<edebate at ndtceda.com>
Date: 4/8/2008 06:16 PM
Subject: [eDebate] Answering Adam's Question / Dr. Warner and THIS
For me Dr. Warner
I felt that it was always about the purpose but at
the same time that purpose doesn?t get coverage if you are losing
.it is
not until you are a force to be dealt with that any one cares
.I also
felt that it was a sign of weakness for me when those strategies changed
because it was an abandonment of the fundamental purpose and to make the
community uncomfortable. This community is definitely a locus of
whiteness and hiding the privileges that they have when people call them
out on them. It is no different from when black feminists and other
feminists of color called white feminists out for their exclusionary and
racist acts. It is also no different from in class rooms we sit in and
(especially at Louisville) that whites say some off the wall stuff and
blacks or others of color have to correct them or show them the world is
not white washed. I don?t see this win as a validation but more of
success for the arguments that us ?identity? teams make. It is mainly
the only way for us to get air time analogous to hip hop being the black
CNN. Of course backlash will happen but I have tried to take advice from
you, Liz, Burch and others who say put that anger on paper and
arguments. I feel that Louisville?s squad could have made more
innovative arguments given the style we had but made around the
and it would have been a power house this year and last year if
certain people were still there and students had some input into what
the argument would be centered around. 
I give a lot of credit to Shelton K. Hill for his study on black
participation because those issues still exist and need to be brought
it s funny how this community can make these petty rules or pieces
of legislation for minuscule things, but don?t fully want to grapple
with participation issues and exclusion, instead coach their students to
celebrate exclusion and staying a insular community. As long as I?m here
I won?t ignore it or make excuses for it because as Ketels says those of
us who are masters at linguistic skepticism have the intellectual
responsibility to speak up in the eyes of injustice and this community
is engaging in a huge injustice that many choose to ignore because of
their privilege or assimilation and I wont be that student anymore. I
saw the way people responded to us at Louisville...we just needed to get
better at answering it so that the entire collective could be winning,
but lets admit there were some lazy people on the team who could really
credit their losing to a lack of preparation and dedication. So yea I
thought it was quite F?ed up to change everything because the community
was mad
.King didn?t change up everything in fact in that letter from a
Birmingham jail he crit
icized those who were suppose to have been his
brethren and men of holiness. This community is no different it needs a
WAKE UP CALL with generations of debaters calling out what they see as
exclusion and racism no matter the conformability of those who are being
told of the problems. 

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