Black Women : Black female debaters make history

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  1. Ken Taylor

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    :wow: ... Thanks for sharing this.


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    Fresno State students (left to right) Nadia Lewis and Jamila Ahmed won first and second speaker at the Henry Clay Invitational Debates on Oct. 7. Photo illustration Roe Borunda

    Lewis and Ahmed are non-traditional debaters, which means they read poetry, sing, draw metaphors to the topic and criticize the structure of debate as it exists today. They also have a constant theme of the oppression of African-American women throughout their debates.
    “We take a metaphorical approach to the resolution,” Ahmed said. “One of the topics was targeted killing; we talk about how black women are targeted every day in society. It’s not the same as using a drone, but we would use a metaphorical drone and examples in history or the world to further our argument. We discuss the oppressive structures that black women deal within our daily lives and despite these obstacles, we can still affirm ourselves through song and poetry and our resilience as phenomenal black women.”
    Non-traditional debate style has only been prominent for a little more than a decade and is not fully accepted by everyone in the debate community.

    “Non-traditional style began about 12 years ago when speakers started to bring philosophical topics into their arguments,” said Deven Cooper, director of debate at Fresno State. “Then people began to actually do what the philosophies were saying and it has grown into what it is today. It’s not really fully accepted by everyone because some people like to look at traditional policy debate as the most legitimate style, because it’s been argued that particular style creates better critical thinking, better advocacy and better policy making skills.”
     
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    They make us proud, Fresno is the town closes to us. It was new to read about the non-traditional debate practice.
     
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    Exactly bro. Corvo, you see like I see.:)

     
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    So-called "non-traditional" or not, I say, "Do ya thang, Sistahs!" :toast:
     
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    And they are doing their thing, their way, a very good thing:)
     
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