Sarah Jane Green sjsnider
Sat Aug 2 19:57:21 CDT 2008

Funniest part is that whomever posted this video on youtube can't even spell
Shanara's name correctly............I mean, don't you think Shanahan is
harder to spell than Shanara?


On Sat, Aug 2, 2008 at 3:14 PM, Adam Jackson <baltimoredebate at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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
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