Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Health (NEG)"
Assimilation and multiculturalism are inextricably linked to immigration. While this resolution does impact each of us, the impact is disproportionally felt by minority immigrant groups. It is immigrant groups that are asked, or told, to lose their cultural heritage and lifestyles whenever a society values assimilation.
This case examines the health impact of choosing assimilation. Since the decisions we make about culture affect us physically, spiritually, and mentally, there is a broad range of arguments for debaters to choose from. Health is about more than physical stability, and the arguments in this case attempt to examine the large range of health impacts that assimilation and multiculturalism can have.
The contentions in this article are simple. The first contention addresses assimilation’s impact on health. The second contention examines multiculturalism’s role in health. Debaters may note that the evidence used spans a long period of time. This is purposeful. The hope is that debaters will consider the different ways in which people have viewed multiculturalism and assimilation throughout time, rather than just how they are portrayed today.
When affirmative debaters prepare against this case, there are two main arguments they may want to consider. First, the resolution is not America specific. Some of the argumentation in this case focuses specifically on assimilation in America. What are the health effects of assimilation in other countries? Second, assimilation may be harmful in some health scenarios, but it is beneficial in others. What are the potential health benefits of assimilation?
This case takes a narrow view of the resolution, but its topic is an aspect of the resolution that is essential to any debate of cultural ideologies. Our health shapes our personal lives and our communities, so we need to make sure we engage in thoughtful and informed discussion on health in immigrant communities.
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Dominique Alisa Stringer competed in speech and debate for six years. She now studies Anthropology and Museum Studies at Luther College, where she has put her forensic skills to use in presentations, class discussions, and entrepreneurial pitch competitions. During her time as a competitor, Alisa’s favorite events were Mars Hill, Parliamentary, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.