Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Equality (AFF)"
This case is mainly centered around proving that multiculturalism is a really bad idea. It does that through the value of equality, and an underlying assumption that equality is the hallmark of a well-functioning society.
To keep his narrative alive, you’re going to need to defend your definitions tooth and nail. The definitions used here, especially the definition of multiculturalism, are fairly strong in their wording. By that, I mean that the definitions push assimilation and multiculturalism to opposite ends of the spectrum, as opposed to defining them as two mildly different approaches. Multiculturalism is described as officially sanctioned acknowledgements of differences, and the definition of assimilation highlights cultural absorption to the point of indistinguishability. A lot of negative debaters will want to water down those definitions and take much of the strength away from your case.
It’s important that you keep your definitions in play, because the rest of the case depends upon your ability to draw broad distinctions between the sides of the resolution. Multiculturalism is a divided force that’s inherently unequal. Assimilation is a unifying force that eliminates distinctions and views all people as equal. If you can keep that in the forefront of the judge’s mind, you’ll have a much easier time winning the round.
If you keep your definitional ground, you can hammer the impacts of inequality. Apartheid in South Africa, religious persecution during the Spanish Inquisition, China’s treatment of religious and ethnic minorities, and the unequal representation that led to the American Revolution are just a few of the thousands of examples you can bring up to prove just how insidious division, and the inequality that stems from it, truly is. Keep referencing the fact that seeing someone as the “other” will inevitably lead to injustice and reminding the judge of the terrible repercussions of cultural division. That’s the heart of this case, and rounds will be won or lost based on your ability to display this principle at work.
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