Monday, 21 April 2014

Rants

Indiana University gets Mau-Mau-ed

Help, Help, I’m Being Oppressed!  Dept
The Atlantic:
On March 24, 2014 at the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Championships at Indiana University.., the resolution asked whether the U.S. president’s war powers should be restricted. Rather than address the resolution straight on, [the] teams of African-Americans attacked its premise.  The more pressing issue, they argued, is how the U.S. government is at war with poor black communities.
IOW, we’re not going to talk about what we agreed to talk about, we’re going to talk about what we want to talk about.  Because: Racism!
In the final round, [Ameena] Ruffin and [Korey] Johnson squared off against Rashid Campbell and George Lee from the University of Oklahoma, two highly accomplished African-American debaters with distinctive dreadlocks and dashikis.  Over four hours, the two teams engaged in a heated discussion of concepts like ‘‘nigga authenticity’’ and performed hip-hop and spoken-word poetry in the traditional timed format.  At one point during Lee’s rebuttal, the clock ran out but he refused to yield the floor.  ‘‘Fuck the time!’’ he yelled.
Shut Up!, he explained.  Demonstrating (yet again!) that there’s nothing new under the sun:
They sat back and waited for you to come rolling in with your certified angry militants, your guaranteed frustrated ghetto youth, looking like a bunch of wild men.  Then you had your test confrontation.  If you were outrageous enough, if you could shake up the bureaucrats so bad that their eyes froze into iceballs and their mouths twisted up into smiles of sheer physical panic, into shit-eating grins, so to speak--then they knew you were the real goods.  They knew you were the right studs to give the poverty grants and community organizing jobs to.  Otherwise they wouldn’t know... - Tom Wolfe, Mau-Mauing the Flack Catchers, 1970(!) (review) (quote found here)
...and that there’s (at least) one born every minute:
...Ruffin and ... Johnson [thus] became the first African-American women to win a national college debate tournament...
Of course they did.

Demonstrating that: In any confrontation between white liberals and black grievance hustlers, the liberals will surrender.  Count on it.

Elsewhere:
Power Line:  The War On Standards Comes To College Debate
Vox Day:  The End of Debate
Ed Driscoll (who misses the point):  Punks, Meet the Godfather

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