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Turn: Insert tag about not being black and talking about this furthers afro-pessimism & others the black body http://fivefouraff.com/2015/08/21/on-white-afro-pessimism/ I walked away from debate camp this year thinking about a few interactions that I had with the students. This year’s HS debate topic is very interesting. There are many ways to discuss federal surveillance. My lab worked on two affirmative arguments: a critical affirmative to resist the TSA’s use of whole body imagine in airports and a policy affirmative to repeal the federal Real ID Act. In addition to these Affirmative’s we researched two negative positions: Black Nihilism and Settler Colonialism. The theme of the theory and criticism lab was to consider the resolution from the perspective of the Black people, Native people and Transgender people…whatever that means. It was obvious during the course of camp that the students struggled with the Settler Colonialism argument. The alternative required decolonization in a non-metaphorical sense including returning the land. The debaters did not fully understand this in their first debates choosing to argue for all kinds of decolonizing of the mind, the debate space or pedagogy and everything under the sun except giving the land back. When the true alternative was explained the debaters had extreme problems with advocating for giving the land back while being on the land or simply with thinking about giving the land back. They could not conceptualize the alternative (even though it seems simple) and they did not feel comfortable advocating it as a result.
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