[eDebate] THE FIGHT YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR...CEDA 2008...SHANERA REID VS. BILL SHANAHAN

Adam Jackson baltimoredebate
Sat Aug 2 15:14:47 CDT 2008


Before you scroll down to see the video...allow me give you some light  
pre-text...

First lets set the stage...

CEDA Nationals 2008...

Quarterfinals...

Fort Hays HS (Chris Spurlock and Avery Henry) (NEG) vs. Towson CL  
(Dayvon Love and Deven Cooper) (AFF)...

Before the round even began there was of course the strike sheet which  
had:

Brent Saidon
Omar Guevara
Shanera Reid
Mike Hester
Toni Neilson

Towson CL struck Saidon because he was on Fort Hays squad before, and  
Fort Hays struck Reid because it was "strategic" for them to do so  
because she had voted them down before, with their coach, Bill  
Shanahan, defending their decision.

In the 1AC Deven reads the Revolutionary Aesthetic in conjunction with  
an argument that said the act of striking Shanera was an act that  
"protected white privilege" in the debate community because there are  
very few black women in the debate community that actually get to  
judge out-rounds at national tournaments, and their voices are  
effectively silenced when they are struck from panels.

The 1NC (given by Chris Spurlock) which was a dense, theoretical  
"Doubling" argument, and evades responding to why they struck Shanera.  
The first CX question by Cooper was "Why didn't you speak to the  
exclusion of Shanera in this round?", with Spurlock evading the  
question once again. Cooper asks the question once more, and he says  
that "they didn't think it was strategic".

During the rebuttals, this becomes the focal point of the debate and  
Fort Hays loses on a 2-1 decision, with Hester and Neilson picking up  
Towson, and Guevara sitting out.

The RFD is given by the judging panel, and an argument breaks out  
between Neilson and Guevara on whether the argument about Shanera was  
"pre-text" or not.

Omar walks out in frustation...and afterwards....the video speaks for  
itself...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPt8UVU7bXs

ENJOY!



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