May 13, 2014
The Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) has been getting a massive backlash from all quarters after making the executive decision to destroy the entire concept of debate by allowing unwashed apes to sabotage the forum and use it as an opportunity to complain about their hurt feelings.
Here’s some clips from the bizarre performance, in case you missed it.
Paul Mabrey, the President of CEDA, has been pressured into releasing a public statement about why they decided to drop the level of the debate forum down to that of illiterate Negroes.
Nothing much is said beyond “if you are against this, you are a racist, and fueled by hatred.” Then he says everyone needs to start making videos supporting the invasive apes. And do other things to help with their hurt feelings.
He might be a Jew.
But it is not just we racists of the Daily Stormer which have taken issue with this – many mainstream institutions and individuals have come out, without mentioning race, and simply said that debate is an important institution of academia, and should not be turned into a circus of profanity, rap and unintelligible screaming about feelings.
If blacks could compete on the same level, following the same rules as Whites, then they would be welcome in the debates. What CEDA is saying by allowing blacks to create their own rules, and then giving them prizes for mocking the entire concept of a collegiate debate, is that blacks are incapable of competing on the same level as Whites, and thus everything must be lowered to meet their incapacity, with White students being punished for being capable.
Anyway, another backlash is good news.
Transcript of Paul Mabrey’s video:
Hi my name is Paul Mabrey and I am the President of the Cross Examination Debate Association or CEDA. I speak to you today on behalf of the Cross-Examination Debate Association Executive Council.
Recently CEDA celebrated the conclusion of the college policy debate season with the CEDA national debate tournament hosted at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. After four grueling days of competition, the team of Korey Johnson and Ameena Ruffin from Towson University emerged victorious as the 2014 CEDA national champions. They defeated the team of Rashid Campbell and George Lee Jr. from the University of Oklahoma. In doing so, Korey and Ameena made history as the first team of two African-American women to win a college policy debate national championship. They finished the CEDA national debate tournament first out of 170 debate teams en route to the CEDA national championship.
Instead of spending the month since the CEDA national debate tournament celebrating their victory and reflecting on their historic moment, they have been on the defensive. Stories have emerged attacking the champions from Towson and finalists from Oklahoma for their argumentative choices and style. These stories should not even be called stories. The stories lack research, integrity and represent the worst of our human bigotry. These attacks on Towson, Oklahoma and others in our debate community are motivated by racism and fear. These attacks are reprehensible, despicable and must not be tolerated.
The Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) is unlike any other competitive forum. It uniquely enhances student’s research, argumentation and advocacy skills. Many people may think about debate narrowly as training for legal careers, however, debate as practiced provides students with a much broader skill set. Debate trains students to succeed in any career path – from teaching, researching, activism, policy-making, or the law. The format itself is debatable, which teaches skills in advocacy that no other activity can match. One of the ways debate maintains this flexibility in training is by limiting number of formal rules and encouraging debaters to create the world of debate that best serves their needs and the training they desire. Debaters can advance arguments favoring a particular set of norms, but must be prepared to defend proposed norms against other alternatives advocated by their opponents. While in some competitive forums students are beholden to one interpretation of the game they play, the ability to innovate in actual debates is a feature of CEDA debate. Rates of speed, styles of delivery, types of resolutions, interpretations of resolutions, and paradigms themselves are constantly changing, creating a uniquely challenging format for all debaters. To an outsider, this contestation may be confusing or frustrating, but in the academic world of debate this contestation is what makes the activity innovative. The ability to innovate is necessary to be successful in any field, and debate trains innovation better than other activities.
The stories attacking the innovation, skills and intelligence of Towson and Oklahoma in that final debate round are nothing but thinly veiled racism. And in some cases, extreme cases of racial bigotry. What Towson, Oklahoma and many before them have done is raise the level of excellence required to be successful in debate. And not just in competitive college policy debate but in their respective schools as students and in their communities. Thank you Ameena, Korey, Rashid and George for continuing to fight, struggle and succeed as others wish to tear you down. I am sorry you have had to experience this and that CEDA has not done more to support you and your efforts.
Today, I propose that we launch CEDA 4 campaign. Who are the CEDA 4? Korey, Ameena, Rashid and George are currently being criticized and personally attacked for their hard work in the CEDA finals. But they are also being attacked for representing a different style of debate. A style that challenges, innovates and asks questions that many in our community and society are not ready to grapple with. We must let the four debaters know that we stand with them and support them.
We will never have the time or other resources to respond to each and every attack made against members of our community. And nor should we respond to every act of offensive racism. We must not aid in circulating their ignorance, bigotry and violence. However we must not let their stories continue without our perspective and our voice. We must flood media, social networks and other spheres of influence with our overwhelming messages of support.
Please take 5 minutes to do a few things. First, create a brief video introducing yourself and your support for the CEDA 4. For example, my name is Paul Mabrey and I support the CEDA 4 because they represent what is good about debate and the future of our society. Or my name is Paul Mabrey and I support the CEDA 4 because racism has no place in our communities. Obviously, feel free to speak at length for your support of them. Then upload your video to youtube with the tag ceda debate. This will help ensure that when people search for commentary on these controversies, the support for Korey, Ameena, George and Rashid comes through loud and clear.
Second, take a picture of a sign saying I support the CEDA 4 because….You may choose to show your face or just the paper with the support. Consider changing your profile pictures to this photo.
Third, use the hashtag #Isupportceda4 on facebook, twitter and your other social media networks.
Finally, share these photos and videos with everyone you know. We want YOU (Korey, Ameena, George and Rashid) to know there are thousands of us who support you and that these acts of racism are unacceptable. Further, we want others who may follow in your footsteps to know that there is a place for them in the debate community.
Thank you for taking the time to listen and engage. My name is Paul Mabrey and I support the CEDA 4 because they deserve better.